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VC Funding for Solar Sector Drops 74% in First Half of 2020

In 1H 2020, global VC funding in the solar sector was 74% lower with $ 210 million compared to $ 799 million raised in the first half of 2019.

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China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021

China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021
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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, reports that China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed that the nation will be banning the import of solid wastes in 2021. China is no longer accepting and approving import applications for solid waste.

According to BIR, this information was shared during the ministry’s press conference June 30 and is in line with the policies applied since 2017 to reduce the import of foreign waste. China will place a newly revised “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes” into force Sept. 1, clarifying the legal requirements for the identification of attributes of imported goods suspected of solid wastes.

Additionally, China has issued its ninth batch of scrap import quotas for 2020. According to BIR, China’s Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment published the most recent batch of scrap import quotas July 7. (The list, which can be found here, is in Chinese but can be translated by web browser.)

According to the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre, this ninth batch allows for 176,746 metric tons of copper scrap, 209,660 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 4,990 metric tons of steel scrap and nearly 1.12 million metric tons of recovered paper to enter China. 

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Source: Recycling Today
China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021
<![CDATA[The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, reports that China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed that the nation will be banning the import of solid wastes in 2021. China is no longer accepting and approving import applications for solid waste.According to BIR, this information was shared during the ministry’s press conference June 30 and is in line with the policies applied since 2017 to reduce the import of foreign waste. China will place a newly revised “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes” into force Sept. 1, clarifying the legal requirements for the identification of attributes of imported goods suspected of solid wastes.Additionally, China has issued its ninth batch of scrap import quotas for 2020. According to BIR, China’s Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment published the most recent batch of scrap import quotas July 7. (The list, which can be found here, is in Chinese but can be translated by web browser.)According to the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre, this ninth batch allows for 176,746 metric tons of copper scrap, 209,660 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 4,990 metric tons of steel scrap and nearly…

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International Report: Global E-Waste Generation Hits Record High

The Global E-waste Monitor 2020, a new report produced in collaboration with the UN Environment Program (UNEP), found that a record 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste was generated last year. Raw materials contained in that waste had approximately $ 57 billion in value.

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Dole to Eliminate Food Waste by 2025

Dole grows all type of fruit including bananas, but not all of them end up as food. The company announced that over the next five years it plans to eliminate the waste. To reach its goal, Dole plans to eliminate fossil-based plastic packaging by 202
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Worn Again Technologies Aims to Eradicate Textile Waste and Shift to a Circular Economy

Worn Again Technologies’ unique technology has the ability to replace the use of virgin resources by recapturing raw materials from non-reusable products. The company recently secured up to €8 million in new equity capital from investo
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City Harvest Finds Spike in Food Need Due to COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, more New Yorkers than ever are relying on food banks for their meals. While nearly a third of the food banks in New York have shuttered, City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, is wo
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Cities Are On the Frontlines in the War on Waste

Earlier this month, Rubicon® announced the launch of our company’s first Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report. If you have yet to download the report I encourage you to do so now to read more about what Rubicon is doing to transfor
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New Recycled Paper Wine Bottle Has Lower Carbon Footprint than Glass

A new wine bottle made from recycled paper with a food-grade liner can be completely recycled after use. Packaging company Frugalpac reported that the bottle has a significantly lower carbon footprint than glass or recycled plastic.

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Researchers Say Covid-19 Dampens Long-Term Energy Demand

The economic and behavioral ramifications of covid-19 will significantly reduce global long-term energy demand.

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With the release of R2v3, SERI gives a powerful upgrade to the world’s most widely adopted global electronics standard

Championing the fight against the growing challenges of e-waste and data security, SERI is proud to announce the launch of the latest R2 standard for electronics reuse and recycling, R2v3.

The electronics industry is constantly changing and our best practices and standards need to evolve as well. R2v3 incorporates our experience gained from more than a decade auditing and implementing the R2 Standard and reflects changes in the electronics landscape, customer demands, and the regulatory environment. In fact, many of the changes in v3 are a result of feedback submitted by customers, members of the industry, and the public. The result is an R2 Standard that’s more powerful, practical, and works even harder to protect data, people and the planet by:

  • Increasing emphasis on reuse and protecting data
  • Offering an adaptable and scalable approach for facilities
  • Strengthening requirements in key areas
  • While retaining much of what has made R2 such a potent tool for setting responsible reuse and recycling practices around the world.

Effective July 1, 2020, the new R2v3 Standard will be available for download from our newly launched website https://seriR2.org. In addition to offering the Standard for download, the new site provides a timeline for R2v3 as well as a FAQ section and an opportunity to register for a free intro to R2v3 webinar. Over the coming months, the new site will expand to include a variety of features including a new library of online training modules, courses for virtual users, consultant, and auditor training, and a “Knowledge Base” that will provide a robust library of searchable information related to R2v3 and guidance for those implementing and auditing the standard.

“Organizations want to know that they are making a responsible choice when disposing of their electronics” said Corey Dehmey, Executive Director of SERI, R2’s housing body. “Rather than just trusting self-made claims, R2v3 provides a new benchmark for accountability to increase confidence in electronics refurbishers and recyclers.”

Looking Forward
The full transition to the new R2v3 Standard won’t be completed until 2023. This is necessary to give all 950+ facilities an opportunity to update their operations to conform to the new requirements and provide time for each to be audited. SERI is building and testing transition plans with the Certification Bodies and expects the first R2v3 Certified facilities in early 2021.

About SERI
SERI is the housing body and ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for the R2 Standard. While development and oversight of the R2 certification program is one of SERI’s core activities, the 501c3 non-profit organization champions sustainable and responsible decision making all along the electronics lifecycle.

About R2
Recognizing the need for comprehensive best-practices that addressed the operational and environmental challenges in electronics recycling and repair, the US Environmental Protection Agency convened a multi-stakeholder process to create a voluntary, market-based mechanism for ensuring best practices in electronics recycling. What emerged from that process was the “Responsible Recycling practices for Use in Accredited Certifications” (R2) Standard, which was first released in 2008.

For more than 10 years, SERI has been recognizing responsible organizations that manage used electronics in a sustainable manner protective of the environment and the health and safety of workers and communities. Now in its third version, the R2 Standard continues to be the most widely adopted global electronics standard, with over 950 certified facilities in 32 different countries around the world. The new R2v3 Standard expands the circular economy model for used electronics to extend their useful life through reuse and to recover the materials at their end-of-life to manufacture new products.

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