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Who's responsible for making plastic packaging more recyclable?

In the ongoing discussion about whether manufacturers, material recovery facilities (MRFs) or recyclers should be responsible for the sustainability of plastic packaging, the answer still seems to be all of the above.MRFs have always had to keep up...

Posted January 17, 2017    

Milwaukee rolls out pilot organics collection program

Dive Brief:Milwaukee has become the latest city to explore curbside organic waste collection with a pilot program for about 500 households, as reported by FOX6 News.The city's Department of Public Works funded the carts for $22,000 and participating...

Posted January 10, 2017    

UK recycling rate drops slightly for first time since 2010

Dive Brief: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, as reported by Resource.Within...

Posted December 19, 2016    

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

Dive Brief: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...

Posted December 12, 2016    

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

Dive Brief: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," as reported by Quartz.According to...

Posted December 5, 2016    

Sustainable Packaging Coalition debuts new How2Compost label

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...

Posted November 29, 2016    

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

Dive Brief: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...

Posted November 22, 2016    

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

Dive Brief: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...

Posted November 8, 2016    

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

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...

Posted November 2, 2016    

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

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...

Posted October 20, 2016    

Rob Greenfield and the amazing technicolor trash coat

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...

Posted October 19, 2016    

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

Dive Brief: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...

Posted October 17, 2016