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NRG completes Texas carbon capture plant retrofit

January 11, 2017 by Utility Dive

Dive Brief:NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration have completed development of Petra Nova, a retrofit of an existing coal power plant that is now the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, the Houston Business Journal reports. The Petra Nova project pipes captured carbon dioxide to an enhanced...[read more]

Milwaukee rolls out pilot organics collection program

January 10, 2017 by Waste Dive

Milwaukee has become the latest city to explore curbside organic waste collection with a pilot program for about 500 households[read more]

Let’s get serious about plastics

December 23, 2016 by Charles Arthur

Plastics have boosted our economy but we have also created a massive problem of garbage soiling beaches with masses of it floating in the ocean.Plastics have boosted our economy because they are versatile, cheap and durable. Yet, thanks to these same traits, in the course of establishing a US$750bn global industry, we have also created a...[read more]

UK recycling rate drops slightly for first time since 2010

December 19, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new report from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the U.K.'s diversion rate for "waste from households" dropped to 44.3% in 2015, down from 44.9% the year before.[read more]

Chicago considers 'back-to-basics' approach for struggling recycling program

December 12, 2016 by Waste Dive

Since Chicago asked residents to keep plastic bags out of their recycling carts the city has seen a 22% drop in participation in certain areas. More than 180,000 carts have been declared contaminated this year and the city is considering new measures to get back on track.[read more]

Greenpeace: 'Recycling is not a solution' for rise in textile waste

December 5, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new report from Greenpeace Germany says "recycling is not a solution" for most textile waste because it's not economically feasible to process clothes into new fibers due to "technological challenges,"[read more]

Sustainable Packaging Coalition debuts new How2Compost label

November 29, 2016 by Waste Dive

Dive Brief:The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), in partnership with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), has debuted a new How2Compost label to give consumers more information about disposal options for products, as reported by Packaging World.Products with the label will be BPI-certified as compostable in...[read more]

How one retailer is celebrating 'Blue Friday' with a consumer cleanup initiative

November 22, 2016 by Waste Dive

Instead of encouraging the traditional Black Friday shopping on Nov. 25, retailer United By Blue will be celebrating a nationwide cleanup initiative dubbed "Blue Friday" that encourages consumers to take action against waste and litter.[read more]

Northeast recyclers: Organics collection is not recycling — and it is not free

November 8, 2016 by Waste Dive

As organic waste reduction becomes a national priority, the industry has been learning how to best engage residents and businesses in collection programs. While local infrastructure factors differ, participants from multiple New England states at the Northeast Recycling Council's fall conference on Nov. 2 all agreed that curbside recycling should not be a model for these new programs.[read more]

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How a bit of kindness can help the homeless and the environment in Hong Kong

November 7, 2016 by William Ng

How a group of volunteers led by Jeff Rotmeyer of Impact HK are helping the homeless in Hong Kong.[read more]

Santa Monica, CA wants all new housing to be net-zero energy

November 3, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The Santa Monica, CA, City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring new single-family homes built in the city to be net-zero energy based on the standards set forth in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code. The ordinance also requires multifamily buildings to use 10% less energy than the 2016 California...[read more]

2 waste industry giants are leading in efforts to reverse climate change

November 2, 2016 by Waste Dive

Dive Brief:Both Waste Management and Republic Services have been recognized by the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on its 2016 Climate A List for climate change mitigation efforts.The report analyzed data from 1,089 companies, and 193 companies made the top list. Other notable companies include Apple, Nissan,...[read more]