Certain tools such as pay-as-you-throw pricing and multi-family requirements have produced compelling diversion results in communities across the country. Leaders of several programs recently shared advice for colleagues who hope to achieve similar success.
It is said that nothing is permanent except change, and this is certainly true of the recycling industry. Those of us who have been in the industry for longer than we’d like to admit have witnessed the change from predominantly drop-off recycling programs (if any) to curbside; from multi-material streams to single-stream; from the use of 18-gallon bins to 96-gallon carts. Materials in the waste stream have changed too, and they continue to change. This is now referred to as “the evolving ton.”
Government and corporate stakeholders have long used recycling rates to judge materials recovery success. But our authors say development of a system to holistically assess product life cycles will lead to smarter, more environmentally focused action.
Recycling has long been considered the way forward to reducing waste and its impact on the environment. Recycling products and packaging at end-of-life is not the only way we can reduce the waste that would potentially go to disposal facilities. In North America, the Circular Economy (CE) is the new kid on the block – a concept whereby materials are kept in constant use as resources
Companies across the globe are increasingly responding to the call for action in the sustainability arena. Many are making strides in reducing the environmental footprint of their own operations; however, minimizing the impact of products and product packaging on the environment at the post-consumer stage remains an ongoing challenge.
Have government-imposed mandates and bans been able to boost recycling rates? To get some answers, industry researchers undertook extensive studies on the range of legislative efforts that have been implemented across the U.S.
The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s ongoing packaging recovery initiative is seeking to capture more of what’s being thrown away at restaurants and other establishments where foodservice packaging is found. What is the group’s progress, what are the biggest challenges encountered and how is the FPI working to address them?
In April 2009, four leading carton manufacturers – Tetra Pak inc., Evergreen Packaging, sig Combibloc and Elopak – joined forces and created the carton council to expand U.S. carton recycling access and infrastructure. In this follow-up to a may 2010 story, we check in to see the council’s progress since then and get an overview of how it all came together.