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Recycling: more than just a word
Recycling of plastics is a troublesome business. If they are shredded and melted down together the end products are often relatively worthless materials; this is known in the trade as "downcycling". If plastics are broken down into their constituent parts in the refining process, the products obtained are simply ones which can be made more cheaply from oil, especially when the costs of collection... View News Article (1998-11-20)

Recycling is not enough -- we need to consume less
Recycling rates have risen, and the UK is on schedule to meet EU targets, but the key to dealing with our escalating waste problem lies in changing our buying habits and our attitudes to consumption. View News Article (2007-06-18)

Deep recycling in the Earth faster than thought
The recycling of the Earth's crust in volcanoes happens much faster than scientists have previously assumed. Rock of the oceanic crust, which sinks deep into the earth due to the movement of tectonic plates, reemerges through volcanic eruptions after around 500 million years. View News Article (2011-08-11)

Not just clean but spotless -- Researchers show how cells tidy up
"Bang and the dirt is gone!" There are many commercials for products that claim to make the unpopular process of cleaning up easier. View News Article (2014-01-17)

Working 'tyrelessly' for the environment
An environmentally-friendly method of recycling tyres, which would help solve a growing waste problem across the globe, could soon be on the way thanks to some new technology supported by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) - the organisation that champions UK innovation and creativity. View News Article (2004-11-08)

GROWing the next generation of water recycling plants
A vegetated rooftop recycling system has been developed that allows water to be used twice before it is flushed into the communal waste water system. View News Article (2005-12-09)

Longer-living products
Almost two million tons of electrical and electronic scrap are generated each year in Germany alone. But it is usually much too valuable or too hazardous in terms of toxic content to dispose of on a waste tip or by incineration. The objective of "sustainable resource management" is to recycle complete units or at least parts of such equipment. Many companies, however, lack awareness of what is... View News Article (1999-07-01)

Get that tiger out of the tank!
Legal requirements on the disposal of scrapped vehicles are being tightened. New European legislation due to enter force in 2006 requires at least 85 percent by weight of end-of-life vehicles to be reclaimed - a figure that is likely to rise. Eighty percent of the recovered material has to be processed for reuse, i.e. not destroyed by incineration or a similar thermal process. The associated... View News Article (2003-09-18)

Evidence from Hawaiian volcanoes shows that Earth recycles its crust
A geologist at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has come up with evidence our planet practices recycling on a grand scale. View News Article (2006-11-30)

Dramatically raising low metal recycling rates part of path to green economy: UNEP
Smarter product designs, support for developing country waste management schemes, and encouraging developed country households not to 'squirrel away' old electronic goods in drawers and closets could help boost recycling of metals world-wide. View News Article (2011-05-26)

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