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Groups slam Walmart's recycling fund
A consortium of recycling-focused organizations has slammed the Closed Loop Fund recycling loan program launched in April by Walmart and eight other companies for being ineffectual, and called upon the companies involved to instead back what they term proven policies to boost recycling such as extended producer responsibility. Walmart’s $100 million recycling loan fund aims to provide 100 percent of U.S. consumers with access to recycling where and when they need it.
New tax on household paint becomes law
The Associated Press via KXRM-TV
Colorado residents will pay more on household paint to fund a statewide recycling program.
The Democrat-sponsored bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper made Colorado the eighth state to require paint manufacturers to develop recycling or take-back programs.
A tax on household paint will begin in 2015, and is expected to be less than $1 a gallon. That will fund paint take-back programs.
Study finds economical way to convert biomass to transportation fuel
The Red & Black
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia may be the key for unlocking the future of more affordable transportation.
The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cites the use of newly engineered microbes during the biomass conversion process as a significant alternative to past methods of producing ethanol for usable transportation fuel.
Michigan lawmakers consider other uses for coal ash
It's considered a low-level hazardous waste, so should coal ash go in the soil? That's what could happen if a three-bill package gets the governor's signature.
Those bills, which are in the works, would take the leftovers from coal plants and paper mills and put them to use.
New type of rock formed from plastic waste
New Delhi Television
Researchers have discovered a new type of rock created by melted plastic trash on a beach in Hawaii.
The new rock material dubbed plastiglomerate is the result of melted plastic trash on beaches mixing with sediment, basaltic lava fragments and organic debris, such as shells.
Plastic does not break down easily and is estimated to persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.
Battery groups introduce model recycling bill
The Corp. for Battery Recycling, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Rechargeable Battery Association and Call2Recycle have unveiled what the four groups are calling a model bill for battery recycling.
The four groups say that for the first time battery interest groups have joined forces to take shared responsibility for the collection and recycling of all used primary, or single-use, batteries and rechargeable batteries. The model bill only covers consumer batteries.
Accelerating the bioplastics roll-out
Plastics in Packaging
U.S.-based r-pac International Corporation and Solegear Bioplastics have completed an agreement to accelerate the production, sale and distribution of Solegear’s Polysole and Traverse plant-based plastics packaging. Using its green chemistry, Solegear collaborated with Canadian research institutions, including the National Research Council of Canada, to develop bioplastics for rigid consumer product packaging.
GlyEco signs agreement with large multi-national textile producer
Globe Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
Sustainable glycol technologies leader GlyEco, Inc. has begun servicing its Polyester By-Products Supply Agreement with a large multi-national polyester fiber producer.
Under the terms of the exclusive agreement, GlyEco will handle collecting, transporting and recycling of all polyester purge stream by-product from the plant of a leading U.S. producer of industrial polyesters and fabrics. The contract will keep an estimated 1.15 million gallons of polyester purge stream by-product from becoming pollution.
This startup wants to turn your old electronics into solid gold
Sometimes, no amount of sick kids and loaded landfills can convince the world to change its dangerous behavior. But Priv Bradoo believes she can change things with the promise of gold and silver. Bradoo is the co-founder and CEO of BlueOak Resources, a Burlingame, California-based startup that wants to help the country mine precious metals from its stream of e-scraps. The hope is that we’ll soon see our e-waste as a source of revenue, instead of letting it tumble into landfills.
From waste to reward: Reimagining a $55 billion industry
From an idea at his home in Frisco, Texas, to being a Nasdaq-listed company, Brian Dick, CEO of Quest Resource Management Group, achieved entrepreneurial success by innovating a $55 billion U.S. industry and capturing the interests of the world’s largest retailer.
With a background in environmental engineering and experience managing an environmental services company, Dick identified a gap in the recycling and waste disposal system. Instead of looking for localized problems with small solutions, Dick uncovered a niche problem that identified with large-scale producers.
What about alkaline batteries?
It's something you use every day: for flashlights, TV remotes, and kids toys - we're talking about alkaline batteries. If you've ever thought twice about throwing them in the trash, you might be right. For most of the country alkaline or household batteries are the orphans of the recycling world. These batteries used to contain mercury, but now they don't and federal regulators say what's in them is not hazardous so most local health departments don't want them.
The depressing truth about e-waste: 10 things to know
In 2012, the United Nations reported that in five years, the world's electronic waste would grow by 33 percent from 49.7 million tons to 65.4 million tons. That's the weight of 200 Empire State Buildings or 11 Great Pyramids of Giza.
Considering the lifespan of a cell phone is now only 18 months and a laptop's life span is only around two years, that rapid growth rate isn't surprising. What is surprising, however, is how little the public knows about e-waste and how to properly dispose of electronics.
Scientists create biofuel using ground coffee beans
You may currently grab a coffee while filling up your car at a petrol station, but in the future you could be refueling your vehicle with the aromatic brown liquid too.
Scientists claim that a "green" biofuel made from waste coffee grounds could power vehicles on our roads. Around 22lbs of leftover grounds, generated by the average coffee shop, produces around two liters of the biofuel.
Profits for metal recyclers likely to be squeezed, warns BIR
Resource Efficient Business
The metal recycling industry is likely to suffer from squeezed margins for some time, the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division has warned.
Speaking at the organization’s recent convention in Miami, the division’s president Robert Stein of Alter Trading in the U.S. said: “Margins for the scrap that merchants are handling through their processing yards continue to be compressed. Prices being paid don’t allow the merchants to replace what they sell at acceptable margins.”
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