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The Pandemic is Impacting Our Recycling Efforts More Than We Realize

Posted on: October 30th, 2020

The pandemic has influenced many industries – both positively and negatively – over the last several months. What few people consider however is how it’s impacting our recycling efforts. Face shields and gloves are a world-wide necessity for those venturing outside of their homes and interacting with the public – especially those in the medical…

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Benefits of Recycling Discussed in New National EPA Strategy

Posted on: October 14th, 2020

In July 2020, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary, touting its impact and the overall benefits of recycling across the nation. “Since EPA was founded in 1970, the U.S. recycling rate has risen from 10 percent to 35 percent and we aim to push it even higher,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Later…

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Ocean and Landfill Waste Turned into a Nylon Replacement?

Posted on: October 5th, 2020

Recycling is the art of converting something which is considered waste into a viable, reusable solution. Luxury automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover is doing just that by using Econyl nylon components made from ocean and landfill waste. “More and more of today’s products are being manufactured with recycled content,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency…

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Why Paper Receipts are More Damaging Than You Think

Posted on: September 22nd, 2020

There’s a new bill being proposed in the state of California regarding paper receipts. Why should this be something states begin to worry about? For starters, paper receipts are a huge waste, which when tallied together can have a huge, negative impact on the environment. Think about it, where do most of your paper receipts…

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Banning Styrofoam Products is Not as Cut and Dry as You Might Think

Posted on: September 15th, 2020

Many continue to question why more efforts haven’t been made for banning styrofoam products from fast-food containers to protective packaging across North America given their increasing and harmful presence in landfills and oceans. Styrofoam comprises about 30% of landfill space and takes an estimated 500 years to decompose (if at all). Throughout that time, it…

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Recycled Raw Materials Find a New Use on Roadways

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

In a post we shared in early July, we discussed how the national recycling rate hasn’t shown much improvement since we began tracking it around the year 2010, ushering in a dire need for more viable uses for recycled raw materials. Sustainable landscaping company TechniSoil is doing just that. Using more than 150,000 single-use plastic…

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Recycled Paper Materials are Changing Based on Consumer Habits

Posted on: August 26th, 2020

In a recent blog post entitled, Packaging Waste Increases as Online Shopping Hits Unprecedented Growth, we discussed how an increase in online shopping is dramatically increasing packaging waste. We’re now learning how Covid19 is changing the generation and demand of the recycled paper industry. According to an article on ResourceRecycling.com, recycled paper mills such as…

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Time for Trash to Decompose in Landfills is Greater Than You Think

Posted on: August 18th, 2020

Society has put great emphasis on the importance of sustainability for the betterment of future generations. But in doing so, it’s important to truly understand just how long it takes trash to decompose. For only then will you fully see the positive impacts sustainability can have in society. The convenience of waste management first appeared…

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Food Packaging at Fast-Food Restaurants Release PFAS into Your Food

Posted on: August 11th, 2020

A new report from Toxic-Free Future, a nonprofit group, and the Mind the Store campaign, an initiative of the organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, has found that some food packaging at your favorite fast-food restaurants contain high levels of PFAS chemicals. The food packaging in question consists of burger boxes, disposable bowls, wrappers and other…

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Composting Food Has Just Become Law in Vermont

Posted on: August 6th, 2020

According to the EPA’s webpage Composting At Home, “Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away and should be composted instead.” The State of Vermont understands and supports the practice of…

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