At a drinks retailer on the outskirts of Hamburg, a father holds up his three-year-old son to help him push an empty plastic water bottle into a hole on a large grey machine. With a whirring sound, the apparatus pulls the bottle out of the child’s hand, juggles it on an assembly line to scan the barcode, then sucks the container even deeper into its belly and eventually shreds it with a satisfying crunch. “Jackpot!” says the boy, beaming with glee as the machine spits back a 25-cent voucher. Next in line, a man carrying a bin bag brimming with plastic bottles cannot quite feel a similar joy in recycling. “To be honest, I think it’s a slog,” says Şükrü Çal, 41. “Somehow the supermarkets have found a way of making us clear up after them.” With its reputation as a recycling world champion, Germany is seen by many as the inspiration behind Britain’s new deposit return scheme (DRS) for bottles and cans, which was … [Read more...] about Has Germany hit the jackpot of recycling? The jury’s still out
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Lindsey Graham is a close ally to President Donald Trump and a staunch conservative from South Carolina.That's why it may seem odd to see a Facebook ad claim the prominent Republican has not only endorsed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) ambitious climate change initiative, but that he's also rallying his GOP colleagues to do the same.That statement of support, however, is fake. It's the product of splicing together video to make it appear as truth, and it's by design in order to test one of the world's largest social media platforms."People believe it, that's what's just shocking. A lot of people think it's real, and that's what frightens me," Adriel Hampton, the man behind the video, told Newsweek. "That's what I think is problematic, and I think that Congress needs to take it incredibly seriously."Hampton, who's the creative director at the digital strategy and advertising firm Adriel Hampton Group, had the video created after Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made … [Read more...] about Fake Facebook Ad Claiming Lindsey Graham Backs the Green New Deal is Actually a Test for Zuckerberg
WOODSTOCK, GA — The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green & Education Committees co-sponsored a two-day Plastic Bag Recycling Competition in partnership with Waste Management among 12 of Cherokee County's Elementary Schools which collected over 167,000 plastic bags. Johnston Elementary collected 22,408 bags during the two-day event which brought them to a rate of 38.57 bags per student. The winning homeroom from each elementary school was also presented with gifts provided by The following teachers and homerooms collected the most plastic bags within their respective elementary schools: Ms. Murnan's fifth grade class of Bascomb Elementary SchoolMs. Lussier's fourth grade class of Boston Elementary SchoolMs. Mendenhall's first grade class of Clark Creek Elementary SchoolMs. Fowler's kindergarten class of Free Home Elementary SchoolMs. Carroll's fifth grade class of Hickory Flat Elementary SchoolMs. Scanlon's kindergarten class of Johnston Elementary SchoolMs. … [Read more...] about Johnston Elementary Wins Chamber’s Recycling Contest
Children play games using equipment made from recycled materials during the Khoe Festival last year. — Photo courtesy of Hanoi Grapevine HÀ NỘI — Various unique and inspiring creative activities on green and sustainable lifestyles will be organised during the Khoe Creative Festival which will be held this weekend (November 16-17) at Autumn Park, Ecopark urban area, about 10km southeast of the city centre. With the theme Xanh (Green), the festival will comprise an entertainment programme, sensory activities for children, a fair of eco-friendly products and an art exhibition. It was initiated by Tò He, a company which creates artistic playgrounds for handicapped children and orphans, aiming to nurture their confidence and creativity. It runs annually, and not-for-profit since 2017. Until now, it has raised nearly VNĐ400 million (US$16,500) to build boarding schools for poor students in the northern province of Hà Giang. This … [Read more...] about Families can go ‘green’ at weekend festival
More than 4m plastic bottles a week could be prevented from littering streets and marine environments in Britain if authorities adopted the kind of deposit-return schemes that operate in at least a dozen other countries, according to new evidence. A report for the last parliament that was never published suggests there could be a dramatic reduction in the number of bottles littered if people paid a deposit that would be refunded if they returned used bottles. Dominic Hogg, chairman of the environmental consultants Eunomia, who produced the report for the environmental audit committee, said: “We need to address the significant impact of litter in the UK and to cut down on the sources of plastic entering the marine environment. “A growing number of private companies are getting the message that it’s not good for business to be a brand that despoils the beaches and pollutes the oceans,” he said. “A deposit scheme will generate higher quantities of material of … [Read more...] about Could a money-back scheme clean up the UK’s plastic bottle plague?