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From plastic to oil: Making waves with a machine and a vision

blest machineA couple of years back, Greenrock reported on a man who invented a machine which converted plastic into oil.

According to a 2012 study prepared for the American Chemistry Council, these Pyrolysis conversion technologies that turn plastic waste into fuel have developed to the point where they are likely to be commercially viable in just 5-10 years.

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Shoppers in England to be charged for plastic bags

Nick Clegg to unveil new 5p cost of bags in supermarkets and large stores to cut use of environmentally damaging products.

Shoppers will have to pay a 5p charge on every plastic bag they use in plans to be announced by Nick Clegg.

The deputy prime minister will unveil the move next week during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.

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Are egos the barrier to corporate sustainability transformation?

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There is an increasing danger that the sustainability movement is starting to reflect the very system it is seeking to change

We can find scores of reasons why sustainability is not scaling up at speed, but how often do we search for the common root cause?

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U.S. Nationwide Plastic Bag Fee Bill Announced

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013 (PBBR) – U.S. Representative Jim Moran, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, announced a bill entitled, "Trash Reduction Act" of 2013. The bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on Earth Day.

The Trash Reduction Act would impose a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags at every retail store across the nation. The fee, in effect, would reduce littering and encourage the use of reusable bags.

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Concord bans plastic water bottles

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As of January 1st, Concord became among the first U.S. communities to ban single-serving plastic water bottles.

The US town of Concord in Massachusetts has banned the sale of bottled water in units smaller than one litre.

First offenders will get a warning. Anyone caught selling the banned bottles a second time will be fined $25, with $50 for further offences.

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