Plastic Waste Collection

Plastic consumption has grown at a tremendous rate over the past two decades as plastics now play an important role in all aspects of modern lifestyle. Plastics are used in the manufacture of numerous products such as protective packaging, lightweight and safety components in cars, mobile phones, insulation materials in buildings, domestic appliances, furniture items, […]

Smart Cities Have To Be Clean Cities

Our cities are becoming smart cities every day, but unless our cities are clean and litter-free, we are going to face massive problems. Globally there are over 1.5 Billion Unsecured wheelie bins, these bins are massively concentrated in cities. Wheelie bins are a prominent cause behind litter pollution and are responsible for many environmental and […]

LlobreGats – A Saviour of Stray Cats

Llobregats is a non-profit whose objective is helping to improve the life of stray cats who live in cities. The primary methods used by Llobregats are waste recycling/reuse and the TNR method (Trap, Neutered and Return). In only 50 stray cats colonies Llobregats has reused about 3 tons of materials and is always attentive to […]

Ten Golden Rules in Composting

It seems everyone is concerned about the environment and trying to reduce their “carbon footprint”.  I hope this trend will continue and grow as a nationwide way to live and not turn into a fad.  Composting has been around for MANY years. Composting is a great way to keep biodegradables out of the landfill and […]

What is Composting

The composting process is a complex interaction between the waste and the microorganisms within the waste. The microorganisms that carry out this process fall into three groups: bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes. Actinomycetes are a form of fungi-like bacteria that break down organic matter. The first stage of the biological activity is the consumption of easily available sugars by […]

Recycling of Plastics

Recycling and reuse of plastics is gaining importance as a sustainable method for plastic waste disposal. Unfortunately, plastic is much more difficult to recycle than materials like glass, aluminum or paper. A common problem with recycling plastics is that plastics are often made up of more than one kind of polymer or there may be […]

Recycling of Electronic Wastes: An Infographic

Tech changes so fast—we’d be remiss if we didn’t exchange our computers, printers, tablets, smartphones, and other hardware for those tools that can run faster, store more, and work harder. But the question then is: What happens to the things that we discard, and can we do better, and do our part, to minimize any […]

The Debate on Banning Plastic Bags in Africa

Africa, the continent with the least commitment to creating an environmental haven still hangs with an ongoing debate on plastic bags. This running debate circles around whether or not to ban plastics on the entire continent. For this to happen, it would take 54 different governments to pass a plastic bag bill in each of […]

Biogas from Food Wastes

Food waste holds one of the highest biogas potential among different organic substrates as it contains high amount of carbon and can be efficiently converted into biogas and organic fertilizer. Food waste can either be utilized as a single substrate in a biogas plant, or can be co-digested with organic wastes like cow manure, poultry […]

Methodology of Composting

The methodology of composting can be categorized into three major segments—anaerobic composting, aerobic composting, and vermicomposting. In anaerobic composting, the organic matter is decomposed in the absence of air. Organic matter may be collected in pits and covered with a thick layer of soil and left undisturbed six to eight months. The compost so formed may […]

PET Plastics Recycling Process

Plastic consumption has grown at a tremendous rate over the past two decades as plastics now play an important role in all aspects of modern lifestyle. Plastics are used in the manufacture of numerous products such as protective packaging, lightweight and safety components in cars, mobile phones, insulation materials in buildings, domestic appliances, furniture items, […]

Environmental Impacts of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are one of the most objectionable types of litter in urban areas. The sheer volume of plastic waste generated coupled with energy and material resources required for production, as well as emissions resulting from these processes paint a grim picture of the environmental havoc created by plastic bags. Plastic bags are a huge […]

Recycling of Waste Tyres

Management of waste tyres is a challenging task because tyres have a long life and are non-biodegradable. The traditional method of waste tyres management have been stockpiling or illegally dumping or landfilling, all of which are short-term solution. Stockpiled tyres provide perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, vermin and snakes. Accidental fires caused in tyre dumps […]

Upcycling and its Advantages

Upcycling is different from Recycling. Recycling is the process of changing discarded materials into new products to prevent waste.  Upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling, for instance, allows us to transform garbage and toxic waste into […]

Easy Ways to Recycle

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint in a way that can instantly benefit our planet, you should look into recycling. Thanks to increased awareness, we’re now recycling more than ever. If you’re wondering why and how to recycle, this article is for you. Why you should recycle Recycling is so important because of […]

Crumb Rubber from Waste Tires

Management of waste tyres is a challenging task because tyres have a long life and are non-biodegradable. The traditional method of waste tyres management have been stockpiling or illegally dumping or landfilling, all of which are short-term solution. Stockpiled tyres provide perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, vermin and snakes. Crumb rubber is a term usually applied […]

Trends in Recycling of Aluminium

The demand for aluminium products is growing steadily because of their positive contribution to modern living. Aluminium is the second most widely used metal whereas the aluminum can is the most recycled consumer product in the world. Aluminium finds extensive use in air, road and sea transport; food and medicine; packaging; construction; electronics and electrical power […]

Guide to Skip Hire for Homeowners

Skip hire is ideal for the disposal of waste from small home renovations such as the installation of new flooring, a kitchen refurbishment or an upstairs clear-out. Yet, while a skip is the most practical way to manage your waste, you also need to be practical about the type and size of skip you choose. […]

EcoMENA Wins Top International Award for Environmental Awareness

EcoMENA, a Qatari non-profit environmental organization, has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017, one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide. The award is in recognition of the environmental awareness and conservation efforts initiated by EcoMENA through an innovative community-based knowledge dissemination project focussed on the entire MENA region. The award is presented by […]

How to Handle E-Waste

The world is full of electronic goods of all shapes and sizes. From old computer monitors and desktop PCs to ancient cell phones and miscellaneous cables and peripherals. A significant amount of e-waste ends up in landfill sites, where it lies buried under mountains of garbage. E-waste doesn’t rot away. Instead, it leeches dangerous chemicals […]

Overview of Wood Wastes

Wood wastes are usually concentrated at the processing factories, e.g. plywood mills and sawmills. The amount of waste generated from wood processing industries varies from one type industry to another depending on the form of raw material and finished product. Type of Wood Wastes The waste resulted from a wood processing is influenced by the […]

Construction Waste Management Strategy

From management point of view, no single management strategy is suitable for managing all the construction waste steam in all circumstances. A sustainable construction waste management strategy includes a range of comprehensive strategies such as reduce, reuse and recycle. Effective waste management strategies require source segregation of all wastes generated during the construction. Construction contractors can […]

Plastic Buildup in Our Oceans

From food storage to furniture—we use plastic for everything. In 2008 alone 245 million tons of plastic were produced. These plastics often find there way into our waterways. Every year 6.4 million tons are dumped into the ocean. Many marine wildlife are injured or killed from plastic consumption. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection […]

A Glance at Materials Recovery Facility

A materials recovery facility accepts materials, whether source separated or mixed, and separates, processes and stores them for later use as raw materials for remanufacturing and reprocessing. The main function of a material recovery facility (or MRF) is to maximize the quantity of recyclables processed, while producing materials that will generate the highest possible revenues […]

Art from Trash

Recycling is a process of using a second hand product to create a new output that makes sense and a good use of it by using our creativity whereas art is a form of using our imagination and creativity to create an object with a hidden or direct message to the public or the viewers […]

Top Ways To Reduce Waste For Greener Living

Nowadays, people are constantly looking for ways to reduce waste and promote a greener way of living. If you’ve been feeling passionate about going green, but don’t really know how to, then check out the following tips on how to reduce waste for greener living: Opt for Reusable Containers If you’re the type that packs […]

Recycling of Fluorescent Lamps

An analysis of the lighting industry shows a trend shifting from the usage of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs (also known as Compact Fluorescent Lamp or CFL). Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, are more costly and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, in the amount of artificial light they produce as fluorescents produce […]

Ad Lansink and the Making of Waste Hierarchy

How are ladders, the Royal Dutch Football Association and the Christian concept of humanity’s stewardship of the planet connected with the creation of one of waste management’s best explanatory tools? The answer can be found in the life story of Ad Lansink. You may not have heard of him – he is little known outside […]

Cementatious Solidification of Medical Wastes

The most common cause for alarm in the medical field pertaining to waste disposal is the exposure of the worker to infectious wastes and contraction of diseases from these wastes. With the increased risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens in handling body fluids and disposal of items that have been tainted by these fluids, […]

Applications of Yard Waste

One of the great things about owning or renting a detached home, or even an attached town home, is having a piece of the outdoors that you can call your own. You can lounge in the privacy of in your back yard or grow a garden of flowers or edible plants out front. However, the […]

Be a Part of Plastic Truth Challenge

Brands that use plastic packaging ship their products to high, mid and low income countries. They export their plastics to countries that have recycling infrastructure as well as to countries that do not have the means to deal with the plastic waste. Plastic waste is a major problem in our world, because current plastics are […]

Cleantech Career Tips

Salman Zafar, Founder of Cleantech Solutions talks to Bhavani Prakash of Green Collar Asia about industry trends, and offers tips for professionals trying to enter this sector. This interview was originally published on www.greencollarasia.com and is being republished with the kind permission of Bhavani Prakash. Readers may find the unabridged version at http://goo.gl/YUipG Green Collar Asia: How did you become […]

Making Pencils from Paper Wastes

Paper industry is considered as one of the world’s largest consumers of fossil fuels and biggest industrial polluter. The industry is criticized by environmental groups for being responsible for massive deforestation around the world. With the use of modern technology such as the printing press and the highly mechanised harvesting of wood, paper has become a cheap […]

Food Waste Management Scenario

Food waste is an untapped energy source that mostly ends up rotting in landfills, thereby releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Food waste is difficult to treat or recycle since it contains high levels of sodium salt and moisture, and is mixed with other waste during collection. Major generators of food wastes include hotels, restaurants, […]

BotBriks – Transforming Plastic Bottles into Interlocking Building Bricks

Every day all over the world hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bottles are utilized and discarded. Plastic bottles are both wonderful and terrible at the same time. Plastic bottles are an inexpensive and practical way to store and distribute liquids. The problem is that we only use them once and when their liquid content […]

Our Plastic Nightmare

While recycling programs are often touted to the public, the true numbers are abysmal. Sustainable waste management programs would benefit from today’s consumers participating fully in waste reduction and recycling programs. More than 80% of urban waste should end up in recycling plants, but less than one-fourth of the garbage makes it to recycling facilities. […]

OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign

In October of 2016, One More Generation founders Olivia (14) and her brother Carter (15.5) launched their global OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign in an effort to help clean up our environment and educate people on the harms of using single use plastic straws. Some interesting facts: Did you know that in America, we are using an […]

Say Bye to Plastic Bags

Plastic bags have transformed people’s life in more ways than one, however its disposal has become a herculean challenge for governments, urban planners, municipalities and waste management companies. Every year the world is consuming around one trillion plastic bags and one million plastic bags per day. In the United States, 100 billion plastic bags are being […]

Introduction to Vermicompost

Vermicomposting is a type of composting in which certain species of earthworms are used to enhance the process of organic waste conversion and produce a better end-product. Vermicomposting is a mesophilic process utilizing microorganisms and earthworms. Earthworms feeds the organic waste materials and passes it through their digestive system and gives out in a granular […]

Reverse Logistics and Waste Management

Reverse logistics is a process whereby companies can become more environmentally-efficient through recycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of materials used. A more holistic view of reverse logistics includes reduction of materials in the forward system in such a way that fewer materials flow back, reuse of materials is possible, and recycling is facilitated. A […]

Simple Tips to Help You Reduce Food Waste

According to research, up to 50% of food grown on the planet never reaches a human stomach. Supermarkets demand ‘perfect’ produce which means much of it gets rejected at source, manufacturers continue to use ‘Best before’ dates which confuse consumers and householders are buying and cooking too much food which ends up being wasted. Many […]

Trends in Plastics Recycling

Plastic consumption has grown at a tremendous rate over the past two decades as plastics now play an important role in all aspects of modern lifestyle. Plastics are used in the manufacture of numerous products such as protective packaging, lightweight and safety components in cars, mobile phones, insulation materials in buildings, domestic appliances, furniture items, […]

Harmful Effects of Healthcare Wastes

There has been a growing awareness of the need for safe management of healthcare waste all over the world. Healthcare wastes which pose the greatest risk to human health are infectious waste (or biomedical waste) which constitutes 15 – 25 percent of total healthcare waste. Infectious wastes may include all waste items that are contaminated […]

Sustainable Mena: Gateway to Green Technologies, Products and Services in MENA

Goumbook is proud to present their latest project, Sustainable Mena, a unique platform dedicated to promote Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is an online information tool that helps source green products, services and materials through its unique Green Directory. The aim is to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers […]

The Menace of Trash Burning

Trash burning as a means of solid waste disposal is a common phenomenon worldwide, especially in developing countries. The lack of waste management infrastructure leads to burning of trash as a form of inexpensive waste disposal. Unfortunately, the major environmental and health effects of burning trash are either widely unknown or grossly under-estimated to the […]