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Waste management and environmentalism in China free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Waste management and environmentalism in China

This free course, Waste management and environmentalism in China, is an introduction to waste generation and waste management processes currently being practiced in China. This course explores how the Chinese can deal with increasing volumes of waste, drawing parallels with the UK experience of waste management. It also discusses the conceptual tools that can be used to make the cycle of material use, waste production and treatment more sustainable. The course ends with a brief examination of the growth of environmentalism in China.

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8 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Why do birds eat plastic?

The photos of birds killed by bellies full of plastic waste are harrowing - but why do they eat the stuff in the first place? The OU's Miranda Dyson explains.

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Nature & Environment 

Recycling and Waste

How much do you think about what you throw away? Do you know what happens to the things you chuck out? Find out more about waste and recycling with our FREE resources:

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Science, Maths & Technology 

How much electronic waste do we generate as a species?

Old computers, knackered telly sets and phones that are so last year: How much of this discarded stuff is piling up?

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Plastic materials, pollution and recycling

What benefits do plastics offer society? What can we do with used plastic to avoid damage to the environment? Simon Collinson investigates...

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Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste?

Obsolete computer equipment creates a waste headache. Smashing it up into tiny, tiny particles might be the best way of recycling, says new research.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Recycling: Putting consumers to work

The role of consumers play a vital part in waste management; Dr Katy Wheeler explores how in this article. 

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Why do planes get dumped in the desert?

Our series City In The Sky travelled to Arizona to see a plane come to its final destination.

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5 mins
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Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure

The value of waste has never been higher - but it's not just financial value; the Wastemen are aware of the emotional value of some of the items they come across.

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TV, Radio & Events 

Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions

In the last of our visits to the men who cope with Newcastle's waste, we look to the future...

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TV, Radio & Events 

Wastemen: The Home Front

In the first of the series, Christmas is coming. And the most magical time of the year brings with it enormous strains for the Newcastle teams coping with a throwaway society.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

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