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  • [New] The Scipher Technologies plant in Albury will install Australia's first e-waste plastics recovery facility equipped with advanced air sorting to separate mixed e-waste plastics and recover flame-retardant-free single plastic polymers, such as polystyrene and ABS plastic chips. Inside Waste
  • [New] By 2050, two thirds of the global population will live in cities, consuming 75% of the world's natural resources, producing 50% of global waste and over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Workplace Insight
  • [New] New York City has ordered seven electric waste trucks that are expected by the end of the year. Waste360
  • [New] Codified by the European Green Deal, the EU is aiming to be climate-neutral by 2050, while other legislation such as the Single-Use Plastics Directive and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive has set targets for reducing plastic waste and increasing recycled content over the next few decades. Packaging Europe
  • [New] By adding bio-stabilization for residual waste, and biologically active cover for landfills and dumps, solid waste methane emissions could be reduced by as much as 95% by 2030. Waste Dive
  • [New] The Department of Energy could pursue less expensive disposal options of nuclear and hazardous waste, such as immobilizing waste in grout, which could help save tens of billions of dollars. US General Accounting Office
  • [New] China's overall economic activity is rather wasteful in terms of CO2 emissions and offers huge opportunities to reduce specific emissions. German Institute for International and Security Affairs
  • [New] Council has set a goal to divert 60% of material currently going to landfill to more sustainable uses within the next four years and achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030. Waste Management Review
  • [New] Biomass capacity is expected to fall to 5,926 MW by the end of 2023, including 3,623 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,303 MW of wood biomass capacity. EPA
  • [New] The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.161 quad of waste biomass in both 2022 and 2023, up from 0.16 quad in 2021. EPA
  • [New] The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.23 quadrillion Btu for waste biomass in 2022, falling to 0.229 quad in 2023, compared to 0.236 quad consumed in 2021. EPA
  • [New] The electric power sector is expected to generate 26.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity from biomass in 2022, including 15 billion kWh from waste biomass and 11.3 billion kWh from wood biomass. EPA
  • [New] Discount retailer Lidl has launched a fully-automated laundry detergent refill station at a store in the West Midlands in the UK that it claims will reduce plastic waste and cut costs for customers. Corporate Citizenship Briefing
  • [New] Leading the circular economy, Holcim will recycle 75 million tons of materials across its business including 10 million tons of construction & demolition waste by 2025. Yahoo Finance
  • [New] Local authority officers considering the provision of additional household waste collection services by 2023 and the provision of all the additional organic waste processing that the new government target for separate food waste collection in England implies. The Anaerobic Digestion Biofuels Blog
  • [New] Following a repeal of the RoHS Directive, sustainable products legislation (in the context of the Sustainable Products Initiative) could include requirements related to the environmental recovery and disposal of electrical and electronic waste. The National Law Review
  • [New] Amongst more than 400 tangible recommendations, the Danish Climate Partnership for Waste, Water and Circular Economy suggested in 2020 to strive for an energy and climate neutral water sector in Denmark by 2030. International Water Association
  • [New] Renewables (including hydro, biomass and waste and other renewables) will only constitute 13.8% of world primary energy demand by 2030. admin
  • More likely China is tilting at windmills in trying to tame the increasingly contagious virus, in which case the centers will prove to be a vast waste of resources, and the lockdowns futile. Diplomatic Courier
  • The FDA approval process is expected to take place next, and barring any unforeseen hitches, could lead to us restoring damaged ecosystems and slowly gaining a stranglehold on PET plastic waste within the next few years. Thred Website
  • With mountains of plastic waste piling up in landfills and scientists estimating that there will be more plastics by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050, the growing environmental challenge presented to the world by plastics is well understood.

Last updated: 22 May 2022