ISRI Statement on China’s Intent to Ban Most Plastic Scrap Imports

China has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end, according to an announcement of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Among the items included on the list are most scrap plastics (“including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET…”), mixed … [Read more...]

The Corrugated Industry Extends Its Record of Environmental Progress

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) has released a new U.S. corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA), which shows the corrugated industry’s environmental progress. The full LCA is available for download here: http://www.corrugated.org/?l=lca “The LCA results demonstrate the efforts our mills and converting facilities are making to … [Read more...]

Recycling Industry Adopts Position on Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic Packaging

The recycling industry issues a policy position on the use of degradable plastic packaging, which continues to generate confusion in the marketplace. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors recently passed a series of changes to its policy positions, as well as a new policy on degradable additives in plastics … [Read more...]

Transforming last night’s leftovers into green energy…in days

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell University-led study. “Food waste should have a high value. We’re treating it as a resource, and we’re making marketable products out of it,” said lead … [Read more...]

Latin American pickers: planting the seeds for ‘grassroots’ recycling

Report from The Economist underscores the need for integrated approaches to recycling that incorporate grassroots recycling efforts by pickers. São Paulo, the City of Buenos Aires and Bogotá have the best environments for “grassroots” recycling, where people in need collect plastic bottles and other recyclables to earn income A long road … [Read more...]

Green Is for Organics: Color Coding of Reusable Bins Helps Improve Recycling Behavior

Voluntary Container Color Standard Recommended by Consortium of Organics Collection Organizations and Agencies National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the United States Composting Council (USCC) have announced that they, along with five other participating nonprofits and government agencies, recommend designating green as the voluntary … [Read more...]

Ductor is revolutionizing the biogas industry

Ductor Corporation has a mission to transform biogas plant economics and promote biogas as one of the most important renewable energy sources while supplying essential food production components as fertilizers in a sustainable way. The solution is patented Ductor® fermentation technology. The company has developed a process that removes ammonium … [Read more...]

The Circular Economy and the Opportunity for Reusable Packaging

As the urgency for sustainability continues to escalate, one theme that has received increasing attention, first in Europe and now increasingly internationally, is that of the Circular Economy (in spite of recent setbacks at the EU.) The Circular Economy is being embraced by policymakers and industry alike as a sustainable template for economic … [Read more...]

How to Create Environmentally Friendly Packaging

As consumers become more conscious of environmental impacts, many brands are shifting their approach to packaging to court this eco-friendly demographic. There are multiple ways companies can incorporate sustainability into their packaging, such as using recycled materials, resizing packaging to cut down on wasted materials, using natural … [Read more...]

Reusables Lead to Reduced Travel Time and Better Inventory Control

Subaru Succeeds Through Proactive Reuse of Existing Containers and Increased Deployment of Handheld Containers to Facilitate Lineside and Inventory Management Improvements, Benefits from Single Source Approach Continued from Page 1 Another conversion opportunity discovered was for product movement between Subaru's Tier 2 and Tier 1 suppliers. … [Read more...]