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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]

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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

5 charts that explain why more recycling efforts may not result in zero waste

October 20, 2016 by Waste Dive

The idea that U.S. cities and states could achieve "zero waste" if only people would recycle more has become a common refrain. However the idea that reducing consumption would create less waste to deal with in the first place hasn't quite caught on yet.Canada is currently celebrating Waste Reduction Week, as it has for the past...[read more]

Rob Greenfield and the amazing technicolor trash coat

October 19, 2016 by Waste Dive

When Rob Greenfield disposes of his Starbucks cup this week, he won't struggle with the hassle of separating the cup for recycling. In fact, he won’t bother to find a garbage bin at all. Instead, Greenfield will slip the cup into a pocket of his trash coat and continue on his way.The 30-year-old New York-based activist is on a mission to...[read more]

Can trash cans that look like giant coffee cups boost recycling?

October 17, 2016 by Waste Dive

UK nonprofit Hubbub, known for its creative waste strategies, is launching a social experiment campaign called #1MoreShot in the city of Manchester with the goal of collecting 20,000 coffee cups for recycling over the next three months[read more]

People generate more waste if they can recycle

October 13, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new study published in the Journal of Marketing Research from two Boston University academics finds that decisions around recycling may be more personal than previously realized, as explained in Harvard Business Review.[read more]

Seattle becomes first US city to ban green, brown plastic produce bags

October 10, 2016 by Waste Dive

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a plan to ban green and brown plastic produce bags to eliminate composting confusion.[read more]