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「自己的垃圾自己收!」不依賴中國的5種回收策略

Recycling Is in Crisis. Could These Innovations Be the Answer?

中國本來是國際垃圾大買主之一,但自2018宣布停止購買後,許多「洋垃圾」突然間不知何去何從。澳洲今年訂定了5種策略,自己的垃圾自己收。 

Leaders in Australia made bold moves toward eventually banning the export of any recyclable waste in a bid to increase onshore processing of the materials.

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1. Make roads from plastic bags and glass.

Sixteen miles north of Melbourne, there is a road in the world first made of Reconophalt, a combination of recycled materials and asphalt.

2. Build small, portable recycling factories.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney are exploring the possibility of "microfactories": small, modular machines that can be used together in various combinations to create new materials.

3. Turn disposable cups into sturdy materials.

The cups can be mixed with recycled plastic to make various other products, including outdoor benches, vegetable garden planter boxes, coat hangers and even reusable coffee cups.

4. Collect street sweepings and reuse them.

After Sydney’s street sweepers collect the city’s trash, some is taken to a 24-hour processor, where organic and nonorganic materials are separated. Some of this matter, like rocks, might be used to construct roads, while plastics, for example, are sold to recycling facilities.

5. Convert household waste into electricity.

"At the end of trying to reduce, reuse and recycle, there will always be some fraction of residue material," said Pete Shmigel, the chief executive of the Australian Council of Recycling. Converting only this final waste to electricity, he said, makes sense.

閱讀全文:The New York Times

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關鍵單字

in a bid to = in an attempt to或者in a mission to

力圖,表示努力要做什麼。(不是片語也不算短語,而是習慣用法的一種。)

modular machines (n.) 模組型的機器

module是模組的意思,modular是經過標準化設定的組件,可以被大量生產、使用於組合上

residue material (n.) 殘餘物質

原文講到處理家庭廢棄物的過程,總是會有「殘餘的物質」,例如一些碎屑、或是回收過程中掉落的物質。


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本文收錄於英語島English Island 2019年9月號
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