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PepsiCo, Seeking to Close Recycling Gap, Pledges Support to Nonprofit Partnership

PepsiCo, Seeking to Close Recycling Gap, Pledges Support to Nonprofit Partnership

While CPG companies have increasingly been focusing on improving the recyclability of their packaging, that alone is not enough to move the needle and boost recycling rates in the US. Strong cross-sector partnerships between private companies, industry organizations and associations, nonprofit groups, NGOs and other groups committed to sustainability may be necessary in order to … Read more »

Hazardous Waste Rule Restored, Gives Businesses More Control

Hazardous Waste Rule Restored, Gives Businesses More Control

A prior rule that gives businesses more discretion when deciding which company will collect and recycle their solid hazardous waste has been restored by a DC Circuit judge panel. Though the judging panel upheld most of the EPA’s 2015 rule on the definition of solid waste, it ruled that portions … Read more »

Sports Venue Owners Nab Sustainability Help from Penn State Research Team

Sports Venue Owners Nab Sustainability Help from Penn State Research Team

Professional sports franchises that face challenges when it comes to making their venues more sustainable are getting some help from researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. A large part of the challenge in reducing a venue’s environmental impact is convincing fans to act in environmentally responsible ways, and … Read more »

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 »

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 »

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Sock manufacturer Wigwam says it has been in the business of protecting the environment and using sustainable manufacturing practices for 112 years, but just recently discovered a significant – and easily solvable – sustainability problem: new president and CEO (as of last fall) Tom Wheeler discovered that a large number of … Read more »

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters North America is investing $6 million in an effort to find a national solution to the “critical recycling gap” in the US, the company announced today. Its investment is going to the Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund committed to funding comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs … Read more »

Unilever Cites Business Case for Recycling ‘Sachets’ with Innovative New Process

Unilever Cites Business Case for Recycling ‘Sachets’ with Innovative New Process

With as much as $120 billion per year lost to the economy through failing to properly recycle plastics, Unilever says there is a clear economic case driving its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable, and that doing so will support long-term growth of the business. With … Read more »

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Retailers and manufacturers have dictated that sustainable packaging is no longer just “nice to have,” but is something they expect from the packaging industry, according to a new study from Smithers Pira. Packaging materials are extremely visible to the consumer, and retailers, packaged product suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs and environmental groups are … Read more »

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target says it will use its “power and scale” as one of the country’s largest retailers to advance the idea that all packaging will be recyclable one day, and to help consumers understand how and why recycling is so important. With that in mind, the retailer has joined the Material Recovery … Read more »

Oil Company Invests Millions on Wastewater Recycling, Ensures Water Future, Boosts the Bottom Line

Oil Company Invests Millions on Wastewater Recycling, Ensures Water Future, Boosts the Bottom Line

Newfield Exploration, an oil company with assets primarily in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Utah, will soon be recycling its wastewater with the dual intention of improving its bottom line and ensuring it has enough water for its hydraulic fracturing operations. The company is building a wastewater recycling facility in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, to the … Read more »