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EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

The EPA finalized a rule this week that reduces Obama-era restrictions on how states and industry officials handle coal ash, the Washington Post reported. This is the first rule signed by acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, who took over following Scott Pruitt’s resignation on July 5.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Invests in Smart Sorting Robot

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Invests in Smart Sorting Robot

Lakeshore Recycling Systems installed a new robot at its Heartland Recycling Center in Chicago that employs artificial intelligence to identify materials. The investment is expected to save the company $120,000 to $130,000 annually.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Reinstates Nestlé

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Reinstates Nestlé

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reinstated Nestlé’s membership this week after the company submitted a time-bound action plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. Earlier this month the organization had suspended Nestlé over lax reporting and failure to pay the membership fee, which counted … Read more »

Target Exceeds 2020 Waste Diversion and Recycling Goal

Target Exceeds 2020 Waste Diversion and Recycling Goal

Target already exceeded its 2020 goal to divert 70% of retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycling, according to the company’s newly published 2018 corporate responsibility report. As a result, Target set a new goal to achieve a 75% diversion rate by the end of this year.

Inside Campbell’s Peachy Zero-Waste Opportunity

Inside Campbell’s Peachy Zero-Waste Opportunity

Six years ago, farmers in New Jersey were paying to send undersized or blemished peaches to the landfill. Campbell’s saw an opportunity to turn them into salsa called Just Peachy benefitting the local food bank. In a new interview, the company’s head of sustainability describes the corporate advantages.

New York City Invests $100M in Freight Infrastructure Overhaul

New York City Invests $100M in Freight Infrastructure Overhaul

New York City announced a $100 million plan called Freight NYC to overhaul the city’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments. The plan was developed by the de Blasio administration, federal, state and local elected officials, and industry experts.

Marriott International Eliminating Plastic Straws Next Year

Marriott International Eliminating Plastic Straws Next Year

Marriott International announced a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands globally by July 2019. The company says the move could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws annually and about a quarter billion stirrers.

Australian Blockchain Startup Creates CSR Cryptocurrency

Australian Blockchain Startup Creates CSR Cryptocurrency

Australian startup NaturesCoin is developing a new blockchain cryptocurrency that the company says can convert corporate social responsibility initiatives from an expense into a liquid asset that business leaders can report to the market. NaturesCoin, which was established last November by Brisbane-based founders Ian Jones and Hamish Macdonald, is expected … Read more »

Global Textile Industry Explores Sustainable Dyeing Methods

Global Textile Industry Explores Sustainable Dyeing Methods

Numerous Chinese factories that produce synthetic dyes for the textile industry got shut down for environmental inspections starting last summer. In the wake of those closures, new methods for dyeing textiles are emerging that could help save water, reduce pollutants, save energy, and protect human health.

Molson Coors Joins Science Based Targets Initiative, Sets 2025 Goals

Molson Coors Joins Science Based Targets Initiative, Sets 2025 Goals

Molson Coors Brewing Company published its annual sustainability report and announced that they are joining the global Science Based Targets Initiative. The brewing company also set new targets as part of the 2025 goals outlined in “Our Beer Print Report 2018.”

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