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A small town in Japan is an example for the world

The town of Kamikatsu in Japan recycles 80 percent of all its waste, and it plans to reach full recycling by 2020.

The town in western Japan has no waste collection, the 1,500 residents take their own waste to the town’s collection facility. They collect everything selectively, from toothbrushes to pillows, and residents wash and dry plastic bags and bottles before putting them in the correct selective bins out of several dozen.

In 2000, an incinerator in the town had to be closed because it failed to comply with emission regulations. The remaining single incinerator was unable to cope with the waste being generated, but there wasn’t enough money to build a new one.

“We thought, if we can’t burn waste in the town, then let’s recycle. It’s cheaper to recycle waste than to burn it,”

town official Midori Suga explained.

In 2017, the town produced 286 tonnes of waste and recycled 80 percent of it, which is far above the national average of 20 percent.

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Further information: Phys.org

DiCaprio sends the message again: we are still on track to destroy our world

Only a few years after the brutally honest documentary Before the Flood, a new film has been made, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, about the shocking consequences of global warming. Ice on Fire seeks to find out whether we can still reverse the impact of climate change.

Costa Rica sets an example

The Central American country has been a paragon of environment-friendly governance for decades. It has set the ambitious goal of phasing out fossil fuels altogether by 2050.

Extensive cooperation to stop marine pollution

At their meeting in Japan, the environment ministers of G20 countries agreed on a global framework for the introduction and application of measures to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste pollution.

German cities declare climate emergency

During environmental and climate emergencies, local decision-makers must place an even greater emphasis on the principle of ecological sustainability in their decisions.

Plastic Pirates remove one tonne of plastic daily from Lake Tisza in Hungary

Competitors in the 1st Tisza Lake Plastic Cup collected almost three tonnes of waste over the three-day event. As the organisers and the participants emphasised, that is only the tip of the iceberg, as the floods of recent weeks have spread much more waste around the flood plain of the river.

Britain is the first to make a move among G7 countries

The country has announced that it will enact a law declaring its commitment to achieving net zero carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050.

IKEA takes the next step to enable a more sustainable living

During Democratic Design Days, IKEA presented and announced several initiatives towards becoming people and planet positive. These include a new collection using waste plastic recovered from the Mediterranean, a prototype plant-based alternative to the meatball and an urban plant-growing collaboration with designer Tom Dixon.

Sports apparel from oceanic plastic waste

The cooperation between Adidas and the environmental protection organisation Parley for the Oceans began four years ago. It was in 2015 that they joined forces to create the Parley UltraBOOST running shoes, which have the special feature of being made from plastic waste fished out of the oceans and recycled polyester.

Hungarian Innovation Launched in Africa

The soil conditioner presented at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit has received a green light in Kenya. The product of Water & Soil Ltd., which offers a 6-20 percent increase in productivity in agriculture without irrigation and a 50 percent water saving in irrigation agriculture has received a distribution licence.

EU to start huge budget war against climate change

The European Commission has proposed an EU budget of over €168 billion (more than HUF 53.8 trillion) for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, the creation of jobs, combating climate change and for promoting solidarity and security.

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