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Portland home deconstruction

City Bans Demolitions to Cut Construction Waste

The construction industry produces a huge amount of waste. In the US alone, about 40 percent of solid waste comes from construction and demolition (C&D). To combat this, one US city is taking the unique approach of banning home demolitions, which it says will encourage the reuse of building materials … Read more »

Portland Harbor

Companies will Pay $746 Million to Clean Up Superfund Site

The EPA will ask more than 150 companies and other groups to foot the $746 million bill to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The proposed plan to remove 65 contaminants along the 10-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River will take 30 years, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The agency … Read more »

LUV Seat

Southwest Airlines Launches Upcycling Project

Southwest Airlines has launched an upcycling initiative to transform 43 acres of used leather seat coverings into new products. The LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose sustainability program will also benefit communities by providing employment, skills training and donated products, the airline says. Southwest developed the recycling initiative following its Evolve program, … Read more »

Franz bakery

Bakery Achieves Landfill-Free Status

A Washington state bakery has achieved zero-waste status by recycling, reusing and repurposing all of its waste. Franz Bakery, a 108-year-old family-owned company, eliminated waste at its Spokane bakery through a recycling program that encompasses all aspects of its operations, including product and packaging waste, scrap metals, used equipment lubricant … Read more »

GreenDrop Recycling Station

Recycling Stations Move Farmer Bros. Toward Landfill Diversion Goal

Farmer Bros. has chosen Pacific Cascade’s GreenDrop Recycling Stations to divert its recyclable and compostable waste from landfills, helping the coffee and foodservice supply company reach its goal of 100 percent landfill diversion by 2015. The GreenDrop Recycling Station was designed through multi-year efforts of the Portland Trail Blazers head … Read more »

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

A California water district unanimously voted earlier this week to divest in fossil fuel companies and ban future investments in any of the biggest 200 coal, oil and gas companies including Alcoa, BP, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. The San Jose-based Santa Clara Valley Water District provides drinking water and … Read more »