New Zealand: A Proposal to Reduce Packaging Waste

In their report “The InCENTive to Recycle” Milford-based (Auckland) advocacy consultancy Envision recommends bringing back bottle refunds (cash for containers) to lift recycling rates in New Zealand. According to Envision, the report, funded by a number of councils and businesses, calls for the reintroduction of a mandatory container deposit scheme (CDS) – where empty bottles […]

Japan: A Mature Waste Market – with Opportunities

Japan has always lived with natural resource scarcity due to geological and geographical limits. Meanwhile the idea of the circular economy is well embedded in Japanese education, culture, and legislation. As the Minister of Environment underlined, Japan has a solid system for waste management and recycling. Some call it the best – the plastic recycling […]

Armenia: A Step Forward to Develop Solid Waste Management

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a 5.5 million Euro loan to Armenia for the implementation of modern solid waste management solutions. The loan amount includes a previously signed and newly added EBRD sovereign loan, which will allow for an extension of the geographic coverage of the Kotayk Solid Waste Management […]

China Bets on Circular Economy

From the Chinese ministry of economy‘s viewpoint, the national recycling industry has achieved progresses – in parallel to the country‘s emerging rebuilding towards a resource saving and environmentally friendly society. “Presently, there are a total of more than 100,000 recycle enterprises in China, recycling iron and steel scrap, waste plastics, nonferrous metal scrap, waste paper, […]