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Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Decentralized Waste & Wastewater Management Could Lead to Savings, Study Says

Organizations that generate waste may want to consider decentralized solid waste and waste water management, according to a new report from Research and Markets. Decentralized solutions mean waste or water is managed at or near the site where it is generated. Decentralized water technologies and designs include things like water-efficient appliances, … Read more »

Retailers Lead the Charge toward Bio-Based Packaging

Retailers Lead the Charge toward Bio-Based Packaging

Retailers, with their increased use of sustainable packaging, are playing a leading role in encouraging consumers to adopt bio-based packaging materials; manufacturers and retailers that adopt biodegradable packaging materials will benefit through cost cuts and tax reductions, according to a Technavio market research analysis. Technavio says the global biodegradable paper … Read more »

Like Other Cosmetic Giants, L’Oreal Chases ‘Circular Economy,’ Improved Water/Carbon Footprint

Like Other Cosmetic Giants, L’Oreal Chases ‘Circular Economy,’ Improved Water/Carbon Footprint

L’Oreal will be striving toward a neutral or positive water footprint for some sites by improving treatment and reuse processes, as well as increasing reuse and recycling of waste by boosting material recovery at all L’Oreal sites. The beauty company is working with Suez, a company that provides solutions for … 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 »

Employee Environmental Management Ideas Really Do Save Money; Here’s How

Employee Environmental Management Ideas Really Do Save Money; Here’s How

Conagra Brands saved more than $5 million in the past year by implementing employees’ sustainability ideas. Based on those ideas, Conagra diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste from landfills, saved more than 245 million gallons of water, and reduced emissions by more than 2,100 metric tons. The company also … 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 »

Tom Carpenter

How To Eliminate Waste at the Source: Q&A with Tom Carpenter

“You’ve seen companies like Nike and Adidas ask ‘what if we no longer used water to dye our clothing?’ UPS asked ‘what if we no longer take left-hand turns?’” says Tom Carpenter, director of sustainability services for Waste Management. Carpenter will be speaking about the what-ifs of eliminating waste at … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Waste Management, LaSalle, Bolder Industries, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, BioHiTech

Environmental Executive Moves: Waste Management, LaSalle, Bolder Industries, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, BioHiTech

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders.

Companies Pay $40 Million in Superfund Site Settlement

Companies Pay $40 Million in Superfund Site Settlement

Nearly two dozen companies will pay more than $40 million to clean up a superfund site in Rhode Island after disposing hazardous waste at the site, which environmental regulators say contaminated the soil, groundwater and surface water.

How Hospitals, Recyclers Can Make Recycling Healthcare Plastics Economically Viable

How Hospitals, Recyclers Can Make Recycling Healthcare Plastics Economically Viable

To address low recycling rates and increase the amount of healthcare plastics managed in a circular economy approach, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council and the Plastics Industry Association launched a multi-hospital plastics recycling project in the Chicago area.