Posts Tagged ‘china’

Trash pickers want carbon credits

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Interesting piece in the Calgary Herald.

While the UN process under the Kyoto Protocol rewards companies for burning waste and extracting gas from landfill, the waste pickers and recycling have been ignored.


Chinese trash islands

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In China, following serious flooding, several cities are now under threat from large islands of trash blocking water flows, potentially causing more flooding. In the city of Baishan, a 160,000 square feet trash island has parked under a bridge. If this floating monument of weirdness isn’t cleared soon, the bridge might collapse, according to the Straits Times.

The Guardian has a picture and a fuller story on the threat at the Three Gorges dam. One can only hope that Chinese authorities have the boldness to rewrite the crisis plan for things-to-do-when-a-flood-comes to include some more garbage workers upstream. Then again, as per usual, the amount of trash to begin with is the problem.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

60 Minutes program on electronic waste smuggled to China via 365 Days of Trash (which, by the way, still gets updated now and again).

The recession will not be recycled

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jodi Hilton for The New York Times

Uh oh, looks like trash ain’t worth what it used to be.  The Times reports today that recycled materials like plastic and cardboard, once sold as scap for  a profit, are piling up because no one wants to buy junk anymore.   It’s a development that sadly takes a big bite out of a cost/benefits argument for public recycling programs.  Cities don’t seem to be cutting back on collection just yet, but the figures are dramatic.

On the West Coast, for example, mixed paper is selling for $20 to $25 a ton, down from $105 in October, according to Official Board Markets, a newsletter that tracks paper prices. And recyclers say tin is worth about $5 a ton, down from $327 earlier this year. There is greater domestic demand for glass, so its price has not fallen as much.

Apparently China used to buy a lot of our junk but stopped doing so when the economy turned.  Perhaps the conversation can now turn to reducing the amount of junk Americans create in the first place.

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