In many communities, residents are asked to separate food waste into bins for municipal composting. Here’s a closer look at what actually gets composted and how, what happens to the rest, and where it all ends up.
This week Reactions is taking the science and chemistry to Mars! Today we’re looking at a brilliant new potential use for pee in space, and URINE for a surprise, it flows a bit farther than drinking water! Continue reading
We’ve all opened a package filled with hundreds of those pesky foam peanuts. Leave it to our science guy Steve Spangler to create an unforgettable recycling lesson on the science of polystyrene. Continue reading
Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
Plastic cutlery is a major contributor to the growing plastic waste crisis. An estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are used and thrown away each year in the United States alone. But an Indian cutlery company has a possible solution — spoons and forks you can eat.
Earlier this year, China stopped taking much of the world’s recyclable plastic waste. Now a new study suggests that by the year 2030, an estimated 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will be “displaced” as a result of the policy.
Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives. Continue reading
Do you read your news online? Enjoy takeout? Live in an apartment building? Canadians’ changing lifestyles have transformed what we put in the blue bin. And that’s led to big challenges — and ballooning costs — for municipal recycling programs. Continue reading