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MD Governor Dumps Zero-Waste Guidelines, Calls Them ‘Burdensome & Poorly Devised’

MD Governor Dumps Zero-Waste Guidelines, Calls Them ‘Burdensome & Poorly Devised’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has axed the zero-waste guidelines put into place by his predecessor that set a statewide diversion goal of 85% by 2040, saying the guidelines were “last-minute, ill-conceived and poorly devised.” Hogan says he will instead focus on a “common-sense, balanced approach to managing waste in Maryland,” reported … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

CPG giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s just-released sustainability report indicates that the company diverted 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills and diverted more than 5,000 metric tons of post-consumer waste through partnership programs around the world; the company also says it achieved an an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 16.8% … Read more »

Fairphone 2 Tops in Terms of ‘Repairability,’ Low Waste

Fairphone 2 Tops in Terms of ‘Repairability,’ Low Waste

Repairable phones and tablets can go a long way towards solving the world’s e-waste problem, writes Engadget, and a new study scored those devices, as well as laptops, in terms of their “repairability.” The Fairphone 2, with its ethically sourced components, was given the best score in a Greenpeace study … Read more »

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because … Read more »

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA … Read more »

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook … Read more »

Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Organizations that generate waste may want to consider decentralized solid waste and waste water management, according to a new report from Research and Markets. Decentralized solutions mean waste or water is managed at or near the site where it is generated. Decentralized water technologies and designs include things like water-efficient appliances, … Read more »

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

Notes from the Editor If you made it to this year’s Environmental Leader Conference, you know that it overflowed with energy, excitement, and a mountain of inspiration. But if not, you’re in luck: Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today have published nearly a dozen articles based on content from our … Read more »

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

One-cup coffee pods like the Keurig K-cups have historically been challenging in terms of recyclability – and have come under fire by environmental groups for the mountains of plastic that is ending up in landfills. But Keurig Green Mountain has been on a two-pronged journey to make its pods more environmentally … Read more »