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World news round-up 23 June 2014

Shanks renews Dutch contracts; US standardises labelling; Lagos tackles food waste;

Shanks’ organics division renews Dutch contract

Orgaworld, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has renewed a contract with five municipalities in the Netherlands at its Lelystad dry anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. Shanks will process 25,000 tonnes of food, garden and other organic waste from Dronten Flevoland, Lelystad and Noordoostpolder, Urk and Almere.

Shanks’ ability to process nappies as part of the waste stream was said to be a unique offering in a contract which will last for four years with an option to extend for a further four years. 

Press release

Partners standardise US recycling symbols

TerraCycle has partnered with Recycle Across America and Participant Media to create standardised messaging for public recycling receptacles throughout the US. The goal of the revamped images is to increase the amount of materials diverted from landfills.

The intention of the new system is to aid the public in understanding exactly what types of materials are acceptable to discard in waste and recycling containers.

Corporations are also taking part, using the stickers on company receptacles to help employees distinguish what materials correspond to the proper bin. A total of 5,000 labels have been distributed so far.

Waste Dive

Foodwaste in Lagos to be tackled

Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, director of agricultural services for Lagos State has said the government is working on a new transport system to assist in reducing food wastage. Onasanya said wasted food account for 40% of the available products.

“The issue is improper packaging and improper transportation. What do these marketers or these middlemen do? They have to recoup their costs, and how do they do it? They increase the price.

“But if there is proper transportation and proper packaging, I tell you, the price will go down”.

All Africa

Tourists discard 2.6 tonnes of rubbish on mountain

2.6 tonnes of waste left on Mount Apo in the Philippines was removed by 300 mountain climbers in a three-day clean-up this month.

The local tourism office in Kidapawan City has orchestrated many activities that travelers can participate in to help reduce the volume of waste left behind by fellow explorers.

Discarded items picked up along the hiking trails include snack wrappers, cigarette butts, cellophane and water bottles.

Waste Dive

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