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zero waste

Zero Waste: Stop Throwing Money in the Trash

Companies have a major financial incentive to achieve zero waste. “Waste = Wasted Cash,” writes Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle International, on Waste360.com. An example: Unilever North America, which achieved 100 percent zero-waste-to-landfill at all dedicated distribution centers in North America earlier this year, said zero waste resulted in … Read more »

recycling

Recycling Smackdown: Closed Loop Fund vs. John Tierney

John Tierney’s now infamous opinion piece that argues recycling it too costly and isn’t benefiting the environment, published in last week’s New York Times, has been fact checked by the Closed Loop Fund team — and the recycling group says it’s bunk. In “The Reign of Recycling,” Tierney writes “it’s still … Read more »

Closed Loop Fund recycling

Recycling ‘Game Changer’ Gets $24M Cash Injection

A major plastics recycling plant that will recycle the #3-#7 hard–to–recycle plastics such as yogurt containers and lawn furniture is slated to come online in October, servicing much of the US East Coast, thanks to a multi-million investment by the Closed Loop Fund. The fund has amassed millions of dollars … Read more »

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Keurig Transitioning to Recylable K-Cups

Keurig Green Mountain is transitioning its current, largely unrecyclable K-Cup product line to fully recylable polypropylene, Plastics News reports. The company made the announcement at the Plastics Caps & Closures Conference in Itasca, New York. The company’s chief sustainability officer Monique Oxender referred to the announcement as “the first steps of … Read more »

Walmart Sustainable Products Director Leaves for Company-Backed Recycling Fund

Robert Kaplan, Walmart’s sustainability director is leaving the US retailer to become managing director of the Closed Loop Fund, a recycling initiative that aims to provide 100 percent of US consumers with access to recycling where and when they need it. Kaplan had been serving as an advisor to the Closed … Read more »

curbside recycling

Zero-Interest Loans to Develop Recycling Infrastructure

Municipalities across the US can now apply for zero-interest loans to develop recycling infrastructure. The Closed Loop Fund has opened its application process for municipalities and private entities across the country. It plans to invest $100 million over the next five years to support the development of recycling infrastructure and … Read more »

Walmart

Walmart, Suppliers Launch Recycling Fund

Walmart announced a fund to invest $100 million in recycling infrastructure projects and joined CEOs from Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Monsanto and other major companies to sign sustainable agriculture and supply chain commitments at Walmart’s inaugural Sustainable Product Expo. The three-day event, which kicked-off yesterday, included pledges from participating suppliers that joined … Read more »

Keurig Green Mountain Sets Higher Sustainability Goals

Keurig Green Mountain wants to source 100 percent of its products from its own responsible guidelines, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and achieve zero waste-to-landfill, all by 2020. The coffee maker, formerly known as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, set these higher targets in its 2013 Sustainability Report. To … Read more »