The wide world of recycling

The wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

A call for more recycling in China and a U.K. facility aimed at recycling disposable coffee cups lead our international rundown.

According to economists and environmentalists pushing for solutions to China's growing trash problem, only about 5 percent of the nation's 1 billion tons of annual construction waste is reused or recycled. The country's leadership is feeling increased pressure to address waste-stream concerns after an official government report found that more than a third of mainland cities are "besieged" by garbage.

U.K. paper company James Cropper has opened a facility that claims to be the first to recycle disposable coffee cups. The small amount of plastic in coffee cups has for decades made them a difficult proposition for traditional recycling facilities. The James Cropper operation uses a solution that melts the plastic, separates it from the paper and leaves both materials ready to be recycled.

Kenya is putting the finishing touches on e-scrap regulations to monitor imports of new and used electronics and develop a nationwide e-scrap recycling program. The regulations call for electronics importers to register and report to Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA will also begin certifying e-waste recycling companies throughout the country to ensure that e-waste is properly handled and processed.

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