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Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Join Pilot Food Recycling Program

Food recycling and composting have been slowly added to the menu of the most sustainable hotels and resorts worldwide. The most recent include the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Monarch Beach resorts, which have signed up for the city of Dana Point’s pilot food recycling program, along with the Salt Creek … Read more »

Target Goes for Eco-credibility By Adding Recycling Bins to All Stores

In an effort to bring recycling practices out of the back room and into the public eye, Target is adding customer recycling bins to all its stores, Reuters reports. Shawn Gensch, Target’s Vice President for Brand Marketing, said he does not expect the bins themselves to generate much extra traffic, … Read more »

Starbucks Shareholders Vote Down ‘Aggressive’ Recycling Initiative

A Starbucks shareholder request to increase recycling was voted down at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders, although 11 percent of shareholders voted in favor, which activists said should get the attention of the coffee house chain, reports Seattle Times. The proposal requested that Starbucks consider a more aggressive recycling … Read more »

IRS Taps PC Recycler for Electronic Device Recycling, Data Destruction

The Internal Revenue Service has contracted with PC Recycler to recycle about 335,000 pieces of electronic data storage devices, and destroy the data contained on them, reports Environmental Protection. The contract will result in about 100,000 pounds of recyclable materials, including metal and plastic scraps. PC Recycler uses a 4,000-pound, … Read more »

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Push eCycling Week, April 5-11

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and other cellular players are promoting their cell phone recycling services in advance of EPA’s “Plug-In To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling Week,” April 5-11. For its part, Sprint is kicking off an aggressive social media campaign to build upon the 3.7 million phones that it collected … Read more »

Environmental Initiatives Save RSC Nearly $26M in 2009

RSC Equipment Rental saved approximately $25.8 million in 2009 by implementing several environmental initiatives ranging from an equipment refurbishment program to a tire pressure equalization system, according to the company’s first CSR report. RSC’s sustainability program is centered on integrating environmental considerations and eco-efficiency into all of its business processes … Read more »

Crown Equipment Achieves Zero Landfill at Ohio Plant

Crown Equipment has achieved zero landfill status at its New Knoxville, Ohio, facility, recycling 96 percent of its waste, with the remaining 4 percent (less than 1 ton per month) converted into energy at a waste-to-energy facility, according to the company’s 2009 ecologic report (PDF), reports Reliable Plant. The heart … Read more »

NJ Real Estate Developer Partners with EPA on Energy, Waste, Water

Hartz Mountain Industries, a New Jersey real estate development company, has made a major commitment to cut energy, water, waste and emissions at its retail and commercial properties across the state through a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reports RealEstateRama.com. The agreement with the EPA reflects environmental … Read more »

Data Security Outweighs Carbon Footprint in U.S. E-Waste Programs

Nearly 17 percent more medium and large companies were securely managing millions of tons of discarded computer hardware in 2009, according to a new study from Converge and Osterman Research. The study finds that nearly 84 percent of respondents have controls in place to properly handle end-of-life IT assets. The report, … Read more »

NEC, Kohl’s, Frito-Lay, Harrahs Earn EPA WasteWise Awards

NEC, Frito-Lay, The Walt Disney Company, Allergan, Kohl’s, Krueger and Harrah’s are some of the  71 universities, government agencies, and private companies being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing waste under the agency’s voluntary WasteWise and National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) partnership programs. EPA partners earned the awards … Read more »

Post-Consumer Film Recycling Hit Record High in 2008

Plastic bag and film recycling in the U.S. reached a record high in 2008, recovering about 832,394,000 pounds of post-consumer film, according to a new study from the American Chemistry Council. The report, “National Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Bags and Film Report” (PDF), conducted by Moore Recycling Associates, finds that plastic … Read more »

Starbucks Sponsors Cup Design Contest to Reduce Waste

Starbucks is sponsoring the Betacup design competition that is looking for a solution to unrecyclable paper coffee cups, reports Core77. According to Betacup, 58 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away, unrecycled each year. Starbucks is sponsoring the competition as part of its target goal to supply 100 percent of … Read more »

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