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Startup company recycles stone wastes to make stationery

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Stone wastes from construction sites and mining quarries are collected to produce waterproof and tear-resistant stationery

LOOK: Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles, cups, utensils in Bulacan

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The creation of an eco-lamp Christmas tree in Baliwag, Bulacan, is part of the town's campaign to recycle and create items from waste

LIGHT UP. An eco-lamp Christmas tree was lit up at Heroes Park in Baliwag, Bulacan on Saturday night, December 7. Photo by Patrick Valisno

EU countries need better recycling – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'The EU must find circular and climate-friendly ways of managing its plastic waste e.g. by increasing reuse and recycling,' the European Environment Agency says in a statement

LOOK: Lamitan City turns trash into 'tulips' in 'Forever Tulip Garden'

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot

Swap trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a bus conductor collecting used plastic bottles as fare payment on board a Suroboyo bus in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. - Indonesia is the world's second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-plastic,FEATURE by Harry PEARL

Getting to zero: Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

A Kamikatsu town official says: 'We thought: If we can't burn waste in the town, then let's recycle. It's cheaper to recycle waste than burn it'

This picture taken on March 14, 2019 shows a worker drying washed paper packaging material at a waste centre in the town of Kamikatsu, Tokushima prefecture. Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be 'zero-waste' by 2020. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Coca-Cola to invest in P1-billion recycling facility in the Philippines

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Coca-Cola's bottling arm in the Philippines says it recognizes that 'there is a packaging waste problem in the world today,' and it wants to be 'part of the solution for the long haul'

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Cell phone 'Tower of Babel' highlights China e-waste problem

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The phones are rigged to a metal frame and synchronized so their screens will flash in various colors

E-WASTE. Tons of discarded computer parts, old cellphones and other electronic devices fill up landfills.

Despite gov't push, private sector group sees 'big gap' in solving trash problem

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'While we're doing Build, Build, Build, we can't catch up with the infrastructure with the growing population of the Philippines,' says Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability founding president Crispian Lao

TRASH. Manila Bay is not a stranger to trash littering along its shore. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Here's how many times you need to reuse your shopping bags

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

As with all matters environmental, it’s essential that we have the right knowledge to make informed decisions

REUSE. Recycled paper bags. Photo from Jeremy Piehler/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay – for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Greenpeace says some 12 million tons per year of plastic, mostly in the form of single-use packaging, are dumped into the world's oceans, creating an ecological nightmare

PLASTIC TRASH. File photo taken on May 19, 2018 shows a stuffed toy of the Sesame Street character "Elmo" surrounded by plastic waste on a beach on the Freedom island critical habitat and ecotourism area near Manila. Photo by  Noel Celis/AFP

Secondhand smartphone market takes off but far from green

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There's a dirty side to our tech obsession: trainloads of e-waste trundling out of our cities and towards hellish waste dumps in Africa and Asia,' the EEB network of environmental groups say in a statement

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana's toxic dump

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The United Nations has said that salvaging materials for recycling provides income for more than 64 million people in the developing world

ART. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo by Cristina Aldehuela/AFP

Standout solutions: The winning ideas from #HackSociety 2017

Sep 15, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Here are the winners for the 4 categories in this year's two-day ideathon, Hack Society

WINNERS. This year's winners of HackSociety 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Makati's 2016 garbage hauling costs lowest since 2007 – COA

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The drop in expenses is attributed to the local government s environmental programs according to the Commission on Audit

How to start a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Learn how to reduce waste and lead a sustainable lifestyle

Let's re-educate ourselves about the environment

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:59 AM

With the expected growth in population how much more of this waste will be left in the streets in coming years?

Davao City spent P151M due to lack of waste segregation – COA

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Only 4 out of the city s 182 barangays maintain a materials recovery facility which is required under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

SANITATION. The Commission on Audit reveals 98% of barangays in Davao City failed to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act.

Baguio implements plastic ban – 10 years after passing ordinance

May 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Bayong Ordinance – a local law prohibiting businesses from giving plastic shopping bags and containers to customer – was passed in 2007. The new batch of councilors now has just passed its amended version.

OLD LAW. The ordinance that the Baguio City government starts implementing, banning plastic and styrofoam containers, is a recycled ordinance from 2007.

30 injured in blast at chemical recycling plant in Spain

May 04, 2017 - 10:48 PM

The blast in Arganda del Rey sends up a huge column of black smoke but emergency services say several air quality measuring stations in the area showed normal readings easing concerns about toxic pollution

Worker ground to death in Japanese recycling plant

Sep 06, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Police find human flesh mixed with waste on Monday after plant officials tell police an employee working near a conveyor is missing

How to stop police ‘ninjas’ from recycling seized shabu?

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The chief of PDEA says they want to be able to destroy seized drugs faster to lessen recycling

5 men killed in industrial accident in central England – police

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Police can confirm that 5 men have died after an industrial accident at a recycling site at Nechells this morning the police statement says

ACCIDENT. A handout picture provided by the West Midlands Police shows emergency personnel at the scene of an accident at a recycling factory in Nechells, Birmingham, Britain, July 7, 2016. Photo by West Midlands Police/EPA

Green Fashion Revolution 2016 comes to Manila

Feb 01, 2016 - 12:28 PM

The fashion competition challenges students to create clothing footwear and accessories which make use of recycled materials

No 'going green' strategy: Jakarta faces waste crisis as garbage mountains rise

Dec 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The absence of a citywide recycling scheme and limited public awareness of going green means the tip – already one of the world s largest – is growing by an estimated 6 500 tons per day

WASTE CRISIS. As Jakarta's economy grows, so does its garbage mountain. File photo by EPA

'Toilet to tap' gains appeal in drought-parched California

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:19 PM

As California s historic drought drags on experts and politicians are taking a serious look at toilet to tap options to guarantee long term water supply

In this September 14, 2015 file photo, water in the preliminary stages of recycling at the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) water recycling facility in El Segundo, California, September 14, 2015. Robyn Beck/AFP

5 ways China, ASEAN countries can stop plastic pollution – study

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:30 PM

China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are responsible for more than half of all plastic waste in the ocean

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Leyte goes for paperless transactions after Yolanda

Apr 23, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Imagine when Leyte s 40 municipalities and one component city submit their thousand page budget documents – that would be about 656 000 sheets of paper

5 things you can do to save the environment while also feeling good

Apr 09, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Shifting to stainless steel water bottle replanting vegetables in pots and other practices that will do you your family your neighbors and the environment good

Reducing trash: Gingoog City's success story

Feb 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Gingoog City officials and residents join hands and succeed in reducing their trash from 22 tons to 6 tons per day

TREASURE FROM TRASH. Products made from recycle materials created by the women in Barangay Santiago, Gingoog City. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

6 creative ways to go 'zero waste'

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:54 PM

At the first Philippine Zero Waste Fair experts and entrepreneurs teach you how to live sustainably

OUT OF THE BIN. Entrepreneurs get their creative juices going in recycling and reusing. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Legarda vows to block waste incineration in the Senate

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:42 PM

The promise comes at a time when lawmakers and government agencies are touting waste burning as the solution to unmanageable garbage in Philippine cities

Indonesian health center accepts trash as payment for treatment

Jun 16, 2014 - 11:13 AM

A unique clinic set up by a 24 year old Indonesian allows the poor to bring recyclable garbage in exchange for check ups and medicine

TRASH FOR TREATMENT. An Indonesian woman holds her child, seen at left, and a bag of recyclable garbage and others wait for consultation at Klinik Bumi Ayu in Malang in the main island of Java. There are five such centers in the city that are part of a scheme dubbed "Garbage Clinical Insurance" by its 24-year-old founder Gamal Albinsaid, offering treatment and advice for free to some of the country's poorest. Photo by Aman Rochman/AFP

Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton in Vegas

Apr 11, 2014 - 1:22 PM

A woman throws a shoe at Hillary Clinton during her address at a meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas

SHOES THROWN. Hillary Clinton addressing an audience moments before someone throws a shoe at her and misses. Screen shot from ABC News video.

Metal in your gadgets: Why you should be scared

Mar 27, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Lead mercury cadmium and brominated flame retardants found inside laptops television sets and smart phones present health threats

E-WASTE. Circuit boards contain valuable metals but also toxic ones. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Meal of the day: 'Pagpag'

Mar 16, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Where does your meal come from? For some families, it's from trash.

10 tips for an eco-friendly Christmas

Dec 17, 2013 - 1:26 PM

We can celebrate the Yuletide season and save the environment at the same time

GREEN CHRISTMAS. Have a 'green' Christmas by using recycled paper instead of new wrapping paper for your Christmas gifts

Berlin recycled chic rebels against 'fast fashion'

Dec 11, 2013 - 8:40 PM

A group of Berlin designers is resisting fast fashion to create their own style of recycled chic

Reuse, recycle e-market to open soon for businesses, individuals

Dec 10, 2013 - 7:58 PM

An online platform lets users offer each other unwanted but usable items as a way to lessen generated garbage

Things to do with (what you think is) trash

Mar 24, 2013 - 10:43 AM

There are many creative ways to love the environment Here are ways to turn your trash into treasure

PRINGLE PENCIL HOLDERS. Turn your Pringles can into something for your desk. Photo from

Popjunklove: Siblings upcycling

Jan 03, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Meet the sisterhood of the upcycled pants

INSPIRING PEOPLE TO UPCYCLE. Maan (left) and Roma (right) with a Popjunklove fan. All photos from the Popjunklove Facebook page

Resolutions for an organized 2013

Jan 02, 2013 - 12:47 PM

Here are resolutions for a more organized 2013 What are yours? Share them with us

RESOLVE TO ORGANIZE. Get a head-start on spring-cleaning and stay organized the whole year with these resolutions. Photo by Kai Magsanoc