Turns out waste cooking oil can be used to extract mercury from the environment. Who knew?
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Do you deliberately avoid visiting friends who live in multi-story buildings without an elevator? No one would fault you -- having to climb even just a single flight of stairs is like being forced to work out against your will. But thanks to engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University, stairs might one day do all the hard work for you.
Reduce, re-use and recycle are words to live by as we try to minimise humanity's demand for our planet's natural resources. But instead of sending your empty soft drink bottles off to be recycled, scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany want you to build everything from chairs, to boats, to outdoor shelters with them.
PhD student Songpol Boonsawat has developed a waste disposal system that turns household plastic waste, contaminated plastic waste and targeted plastic waste into fuel. If implemented across homes and councils across Australia, it could result in an 80 per cent reduction of plastic waste in landfill.
Songpol says there is huge potential for some councils to convert plastics into as much as 73 million litres of oil each year.
Instead of collecting dust in a drawer, your old smartphone could be used to assist on of the 288,000 Australians living with no hearing or sight use technology to reconnect with family, friends and the wider community.
Not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster is collecting unwanted smartphones during the month of September to be donated to Able Australia, where they will be used to educate people with deafblindness on how to use speech recognition and Braille readers.
Haven't cleaned your desk in years? At this point you've probably accumulated enough crap to recycle it all into something useful, instead of just sweeping it all onto the floor. YouTube's MrGear has an easy-to-follow tutorial show you how to turn an old CD case, some soda cans, and various unwanted electronic bits into a working homebrew blower.
Australia's management of electronic waste is poorly implemented, lags behind international best practice, and is based on outdated recycling targets.
Scientists at University of New South Wales (UNSW) have reviewed Australia's e-waste laws, comparing them to those of two international leaders in the field of e-waste recycling: Japan and Switzerland. They found Australia's approach is ineffective and requires greater compliance measures to prevent hazardous pollutants from ending up in landfill.
When you think of the daily abuse that aeroplane seats have to endure, it's a minor miracle they aren't torn to shreds after just a week of air travel. The fabrics used for the upholstery must be just short of indestructible, so it makes sense to eventually recycle those materials into bags and packs that can easily survive your daily commute.
The number of old mobile phones cluttering up Australian homes has reached a whopping 25.5 million handsets, of which four million are broken and no longer even working.
Consumer smartphone saturation and hoarding behaviour in Aussies has created what e-waste experts are calling a 'critical mass' of mobile phone clutter, as they call for more education around recycling.