Trash powers Christchurch’s first ‘eco’ rubbish truck | Stuff.co.nz

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Waste Management general manager Gareth James showcase Christchurch’s first electric rubbish truck. Christchurch has made another step toward becoming New Zealand’s electric vehicle capital with the launch of its first electric rubbish truck. The electric sideloader waste collection truck is the first in the southern hemisphere and will be operating on Christchurch streets from Monday. Batteries power every function of the machine, including the lifting arm, the motor and the computer the driver uses to know what streets to travel down.

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Measure for measure

The UK Government has been hinting that, in a post-Brexit future, the UK might move away from weight-based recycling rates as the key measure of waste management environmental performance. So what alternatives are there, and why might they be preferable?   Weight and see The most common criticism of weight-based recycling rate targets is that they don’t adequately incentivise making waste management interventions further up the waste hierarchy.

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Heineken inaugurates Mexican brewery after $500m investment

Heineken has opened its seventh brewery in Mexico, located in Meoqui, Chihuahua, following a $500m investment. Announced in 2015, the site will have a production capacity of 6 million hectolitres per year and produce brands such as Tecate, Dos Equis and Heineken for the Mexican market as well as for export. Using 100% renewable electricity, the brewery is the largest greenfield project in the company’s history.

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China no longer wants Western garbage

The European Union (EU) has announced its first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics recycling. It followed China’s ban on imports of waste from Western countries. All plastic packaging in the European market will be recyclable by 2030, said the EU Commission in a press release.

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