Waste management is becoming a pressing global concern that affects every country in the world, to varying degrees. In New Zealand, how we dispose of rubbish and how much rubbish we produce is a problem that urgently needs to be addressed. So you can imagine how much this is magnified in more densely populated countries and cities!

Most countries do not have self-contained waste management systems – they rely on other countries to take certain types of waste and recycling. For example, until recently, many countries relied on China to recycle their plastics. New Zealand recycles its own paper, but plastics and electronic waste are shipped elsewhere, to countries where recycling is more economic because it is on a large scale. Some countries even export non-recyclable general waste.

Waste management is a problem that really is global in nature and affects us all. New Zealand cannot be considered in isolation, because globalisation has meant that so much of our waste ends up overseas, and so many consumer products – that we buy and then throw away – come from other countries.

Browse our articles below on the latest local and global news, about everything related to waste. From new recycling initiatives, how trash is being converted into energy and building materials, facts about how much waste is generated globally and what happens to it, how rubbish is recycled in New Zealand and around the world, and more.

 

Latest News:

2 Dec 2017

China refuses to be the world’s dumping ground

In 2016 China took half of the world’s waste plastic for recycling. These plastics are then used to manufacture plastic products that are sold around the world and domestically. Now China is saying that imported rubbish is causing problems locally.

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1 Dec 2017

Powering the grid with rubbish

What do Florida, New York City and Sweden have in common? They are all using trash to fuel their local power grids. In fact Sweden is finding that not enough rubbish is produced locally to fill energy demands and has started importing garbage from other countries.

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