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News round-up 14/5

Recycling in orbit; Bag collection opportunity; Ecover’s marine pledge; Cows loop at Starbucks.

NASA looks at recycling in space

US space agency NASA is funding a project that will investigate the possibility of recycling and remanufacturing in space.

The agency will support two $125,000 (£74,000) projects of the Californian company Made In Space which will develop a plastic recycling system for creating 3D printer feedstock in orbit.

The idea is that used plastic parts will be recycled and remanufactured using 3D printers on board vessels such as the International Space Station or perhaps on future deep space missions. 

Simply Waste Solutions takes over bag collection business

Simply Waste Solutions has acquired the bag collection business of Metro Waste (London). The company says it will add “a significant amount” of additional contracts to its customer portfolio and strengthen its presence in the central London market.

It says the purchase will allow Metro Waste (London) to focus on its core construction and demolition waste collection business, which also includes skips and tipper services.

Simply Waste Solutions MD James Capel said: “The market potential for bag collections in both London and in the rest of the UK is enormous. This first acquisition will enable us to now offer a growing number of customers a highly cost-effective service with the professionalism we offer even our biggest clients, as well as a range of segregation options not previously available”.

Press release

Ecover pledges to reduce ocean plastics waste

Washing up liquid manufacturer Ecover has pledged to help reduce marine plastics waste by producing bottles made from recovered ocean plastics. Ecover’s new Ocean Bottle, which will go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month, is made from 100% recycled plastics, one tenth of which will come from the sea.

There are some 46,000 pieces of plastic waste in every square mile of ocean, according to Ecover.

Cows recycle Starbucks’ coffee grounds

Cows producing milk for Starbucks’ Japanese outlets are being fed on its recycled coffee grounds.

Starbucks typically composts used coffee grounds, but has been working to find a better use for composted coffee, known as bean cake, as it says “significant nutritional value is retained” in the material.


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