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Developing Smart Partnerships To Reduce Waste: Q&A with Ingersoll Rand

Developing Smart Partnerships To Reduce Waste: Q&A with Ingersoll Rand

Scott Tew, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand discusses how the company forms effective partnerships across its value stream to reduce waste and increase recyclability.

GM, Dow, Others Launch Zero-Waste Initiative

General Motors, Dow Materials and Marathon Petroleum are among the companies working on an initiative to develop zero-waste partnerships in Detroit. The Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory Detroit held its launch event at the General Motors Renaissance Center, bringing together companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and government agencies interested in creating environmental and … Read more »

Nestle Waters UK Achieves Zero Waste Targets

Nestle Waters UK has achieved zero waste-to-landfill at both its factory in Buxton as well as at its head office in Rickmansworth, according to Packaging News. The company has diverted 500 metric tons from landfill in the past 12 months, and joins a growing list of companies who have achieved … Read more »

e-waste

Sourcing Sufficient Quantities ‘Major Concern’ for E-Waste Reuse

Two of the biggest barriers for organizations refurbishing e-waste are the availability of sufficient quantities of good quality used equipment and a lack of legislation that encourages or enforces reuse, according to a survey of reuse organizations. For the European Commission-supported survey, researchers interviewed senior managers from 28 nonprofit and … Read more »

Circuit Board Recycling: Just Add Water

The National Physical Laboratory, with partners In2Tec and Gwent Electronic Materials, developed a printed circuit board whose components can be easily disassembled by immersing them in hot water. The technology developed by the team can be used to create rigid, flexible 3D structures, which would allow the electronics industry to … Read more »

Fujitsu System Recycles CDs into PCs, Cuts Carbon Emissions 15%

Fujitsu says it has developed the PC industry’s first recycling system that collects the plastic from used CDs and DVDs for repurposing in the bodies of notebook PCs. Compared to conventional notebook PC manufacturing processes, this system is expected to reduce the amount of newly produced plastic used by 10 … Read more »

GM Adds 100th Landfill-Free Facility

GM Adds 100th Landfill-Free Facility

GM has added its 100th landfill-free facility, a parts distribution center in Lansing, Mich., as part of its ongoing waste-reduction efforts. In 2011, the company says it recycled or reused 2.6 million metric tons at its facilities worldwide. As a whole, GM’s facilities recycle or reuse more than 90 percent of … Read more »

Bayer Saves 1m Gallons Through Water Reuse

Bayer HealthCare has saved more than a million gallons of water since January with a wastewater treatment system at its animal health division headquarters in Shawnee, Kan. CDI Industrial & Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Kansas City, Kan., began installation on the proprietary wastewater system in early 2010. Since the system … Read more »

Patagonia to Help Customers Reuse Clothing, in an Ebay ‘First’

Patagonia is encouraging consumers to buy and sell its clothing through a new storefront on Ebay, paired with a customer pledge system. The outdoor apparel manufacturer yesterday launched its Common Threads Initiative, which the company describes as a partnership with customers to reduce consumption. The program asks customers to make … Read more »

Pocketing Millions: Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Drive to Reuse

Pocketing Millions: Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Drive to Reuse

Some of the best little surprises in New England where I live occur with the change of seasons. Instinctively searching the pockets of a jacket I haven’t worn or needed for months, I often experience the unmistakable feeling of money. Unrolling the forgotten stash, I find a wad of ones, … Read more »

Site Lets Companies Sell Waste

A service has been launched to help companies disposing of their refuse to make money in the process. RecycleMatch is an online business-to-business (B2B) marketplace that allows companies to buy, sell or give away large volumes of waste including plastics, textiles, paper, chemicals, food, metals and building materials. Companies can … Read more »