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...]

Glass Recycling Company Pays Fine for Clean Water Act Violations in Franklin, Mass.

(Boston, Mass. – Dec. 6, 2012) – Strategic Materials, Inc. has agreed to pay a penalty of $159,750 to settle EPA’s claims that it violated the federal Clean Water Act by allowing polluted storm water from its Franklin, Mass. facility to flow into nearby waters. Strategic Materials, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, operates the glass recycling … [Read more...]

H&M Set to Be the First Fashion Company to Launch a Global Garment Collecting Initiative

H&M is the first fashion company to launch a garment collecting initiative worldwide, according to a company announcement. Starting in February 2013, customers will be able to bring in used garments to H&M stores in all 48 markets it serves, where they will then be reused, recycled or donated to be re-worn. H&M believes that sustainability is … [Read more...]

Green Packaging Market Grows, Highest Reusables/Degradable Packaging Increase Expected in Asia Pacific

A new market report from Transparency Market Research,  "Green Packaging Market (Recycled, Reusable & Degradable) - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2011 - 2018," suggests that the global green packaging market was worth USD 108,750.0 million in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 177,733.0 million in 2018, … [Read more...]

New Study Shows Alternatives to Extended Producer Responsibility Achieve High Recycling Rates with Less Cost and Administrative Bureaucracy

(Pittsburgh, PA) – U.S. communities and states that have implemented alternatives to extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies are achieving high municipal solid waste recycling rates at reasonable costs, while also addressing a wider spectrum of the waste stream than narrowly-focused EPR mandates, according to a new study conducted by … [Read more...]