Feb 26, 2015

Sewage sludge tapped for farming in ministry vegetable campaign

The infrastructure ministry is leading a project to produce tasty vegetables using sludge and water from sewage treatment plants. At a tasting event held by promoters of the Bistro Gesuido (sewage) project in Tokyo in December, housewives praised the taste of tomatoes and oranges ...

Food industry hungrier to recycle its waste

Oct 31, 2014

Food industry hungrier to recycle its waste

by Satoshi Toi

Food companies are increasingly adopting programs to recycle waste leftover from the production process. Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. launched a “food recycle loop” system in March to recycle its coffee grounds into compost to grow vegetables and feed cows. The vegetables grown and milk ...

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

| Apr 18, 2014

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

The city of Nagoya started collecting small household appliances for recycling in February and announced April 11 that it had received more than 31,000 kg of machinery in just two months — five times more than anticipated. The number for February alone was 15 ...

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Mar 5, 2014

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multimillion-dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio’s ...

Dec 22, 2013

Ghana's electronic graveyard gives, takes

by Afua Hirsch

The orange flesh of a papaya is like an oval gash in the landscape at Agbogbloshie, Ghana’s vast dumping site for electronic waste, where everything is smeared and stained with mucky hues of brown and sooty black. A woman kneels among the carcasses of ...