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Target Agrees to Phase Out Use of Polystyrene

Target Agrees to Phase Out Use of Polystyrene

Target announced this week it will begin to phase out use of polystyrene foam packing in its e-commerce operations. Previously, “As You Sow,” an organization that promotes corporate accountability, filed shareholder proposals with Target, asking the company to “assess the reputational, financial and operational risks associated with continued use of … Read more »

Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

The resolutions come as dozens of leading global brands endorsed a plan to ensure 70 percent of plastic packaging is reused and recycled globally, up from today’s recycling rate of 14 percent.

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FoamRecycle Offers ‘Efficient, Cost-Effective’ Foam Recycling Services

FoamRecycle, a company offering foam recycling programs and services, has set up shop in the San Francisco Bay area. The company accepts foam drop off at its warehouse facility in San Pablo, California, and offers foam scrap pick up from the customer’s location. FoamRecycle also provides foam recycling equipment rental, … Read more »

mealworms eating Styrofoam

Are Plastic-Eating Worms the Future of Waste Management?

Stanford University researchers may have found the solution to global plastic pollution: mealworms. The tiny worm can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene, according to two studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. … Read more »

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NYC Foam Ban Overturned, Judge Rules EPS Recyclable

The New York City ban on foam foodservice items has been overturned by the New York State Supreme Court. In her ruling that overturned the polystyrene foam ban, Judge Margaret Chan said the “one undisputed short answer to whether EPS is recyclable is yes: single serve EPS is recyclable.” Restaurants, … Read more »

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Despite Recycling Push from Restaurants, Manufacturers, NYC Bans Styrofoam

New York City has banned polystyrene foam foodservice containers despite pressure from restaurants and foam manufacturers, which urged the city to support recycling. Restaurant Action Alliance NYC, whose supporters include more than 1,000 New York City businesses, called the move “an economic and environmental defeat for small business owners and … Read more »

PRI Opens Foam Recycling Facility

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a recycling facility in Indianapolis, Ind. dedicated specifically to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country. This facility, slated to be fully operational by the end of the first … Read more »

Green Can Be Cool And Profitable

Green Can Be Cool And Profitable

Growth opportunities lie ahead for companies that recognize that sustainability is not something to embrace simply because of regulatory demands, but also because of the sales benefits of differentiated packaging and the cool factor increasingly associated with green, according to a white paper by L.E.K. The paper says sustainable packaging is … Read more »

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McDonald’s to Replace Foam Coffee Cups

McDonald’s will replace all polystyrene beverage cups with paper cups at its 14,000 US outlets in response to a shareholder proposal filed by As You Sow in 2011, according to the nonprofit. In 2012, the company agreed to test replacement of its foam cups with a double-walled paper hot cup … Read more »