Packaging Waste – 5 opportunities for sustainable development

On Monday, we addressed the rise of China’s consumer waste industry. One stream outlined was packaging, an area of waste that is facing challenges along its supply chain. Here we delve deeper into the topic outlining the challenges and opportunities. Synonymous with consumer goods, packaging represents a particular waste stream that, given greater affluence and purchasing power, will grow. Pack…

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Just Because it can be Recycled, It Doesn’t Make it Right

It's not often the same firms catalyzes me to write a piece twice, but I am going to take advantage of the opportunities that Coca Cola so generously provided this morning with a show about their glass bottle production / recovery process. Hosted by TLC, the show was essentially a "look at all the good Coke is doing" through their glass bottle usage.  There were two primary lines of thought tha…

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‘Green’ production making inroads in China

A new shade of green is gradually sweeping across China's export manufacturing industry, one that took a while to take root. Companies are riding the environment-friendly wave. Pressure from the national government and tightening regulations in overseas markets are compelling a growing number of suppliers to modify their business strategies and incorporate ecologically safe processes. The tra…

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China’s Trash Dumps Are… a Dump

Learning that China's landfills are an environmentally mixed bag should come as no surprise to anyone, a story that Eastday's article Landfill sites fail green screenfocuses on, but more alarmingly, though this article the size of the problem becomes apparent: China generated more than 150 million tons of household trash last year, as well as 1.9 billion tons of industrial waste, said the Minist…

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China’s Plastic Bag Ban is A Mixed Bag

When China banned free ultrathin plastic bags last year, it was hailed worldwide, and the initial weeks it was difficult to deny the difference. A trip to foreign markets like B&Q, METRO, and TESCO and it was a complete ban, and contrary to some skeptics, even the local markets appeared to be changing their ways. Of course, that is based on my time in a major city (Shanghai) , and right after…

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Guiyu eWaste Recylcing in Pictures

Over the last 6 months, the city of Guiyu and its industry of recycling eWaste has seen a lot of coverage. First you had the report from 60 Minutes then you had the denial from local officials Regardless of which report is right though, Alex Hofford, has a new post showing readers that clearly the industry is alive and well, and that the effects of the industry are a true environmental catast…

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Recycling Can Boost Economies

Having just finished an article on the need to develop industrial systems that better capture and reuse waste, I found the follow clip interesting. In the article Chinese Vice Premier says recycling can help boost economic growth, Vice Premier Li Keqiang says: Promoting recycling would not only improve the use of resources and protect the environment, it would also help companies become more pro…

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Chinese Officials Baffled by 60 Minutes eWaste Report

Last year, you may remember the 60 minutes report 60 Minutes Covers eWaste in China where they followed a container of ewaste from the US to Guiyi China. Interesting enough, according to the article Recycling Nation's Recyclers , the 60 minutes crew may have got their facts a bit wrong: The report was amazing to local officials because many of the practices it exposed had been outlawed since 20…

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Where America Recycles: China

I have written on the topic before in terms of how the value of scrap was driving people to rip wire out of houses, and football stadiums, and 60 minutes recently did a spot on eWaste in China. Now, Adam over a Shanghai Scrap has a fantastic photo diary in The Atlantic Online entitled Where America Recycles of where all those scrapped items from the US and other countries is ending up. If you a…

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