GO is a minimalist design created by Hong Kong-based retailers Goodss Passion. The idea behind this concept was to make recycling a fun and convenient routine, rather than boring and bothersome. These recycling bins provide clarity for where each recyclable needs to go. Continue Reading →
The work of collecting, sorting, and processing recycled materials only benefits the environment if those materials are manufactured into new products. But that won’t happen unless there’s a market for those new goods. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a recycled “alternative” for the item you need right now! We hope the following information helps you to “complete the loop” and purchase products with recycled content whenever possible.
Recycling on the one hand is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” waste hierarchy. Continue Reading →
Last year 4.7 million students and 1.1 million faculty and staff from 510 participating campuses collectively recycled or composted just over 69.4 million pounds of waste during the 10-week RecycleMania competition.
This “friendly” competition pits colleges and universities in a contest with cross town rivals and schools across the nation to see who can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most campus waste. It offers bragging rights and special awards made out of recycled materials to the winning schools. Continue Reading →
A new introduced bill aims to reduce waste, litter, and greenhouse gases and create thousands of green jobs. The California Product Stewardship Act, AB 283, would incentivize producers to design products and packaging that are less toxic, more durable, reusable, recyclable and/or biodegradable.
“AB 283 moves California towards a more sustainable environment and economy,” said Chesbro, chair of the Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “Product stewardship will reduce government spending and greenhouse gases, while creating jobs that are desperately needed in our state. This bill will help move California out of its budget crisis and into a ‘cradle to cradle’ state that takes care of its own.” Continue Reading →
America’s number one export by volume isn’t something manufactured by an American company – it’s scrap paper, metal, and plastics that Americans are recycling every day at home and work. When we export all of those recyclables to China and other nations, we are giving up part of the solution to reducing America’s reliance on foreign oil and polluting sources of energy like coal.
That’s because manufacturing new products out of recycled materials creates significant energy savings. “If we are going to become a more economically self-sufficient and energy-independent nation, America must strengthen its manufacturing sector, and manufacturers must become more energy efficient. One way to increase that efficiency is to use recycled materials, since recycling uses significantly less energy than mining and refining materials,” says Steve Lautze, Green Business Projects Manager with the City of Oakland, CA and past president of the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA). For example, making a new aluminum can out of an old one takes 95% less energy than creating that can from ore. Continue Reading →
Legislation introduced in the Congress yesterday meant to address the issue of metal theft, falls short of adequately addressing the issue. ISRI has major problems with legislation introduced in the Senate and in the House. The bills contain onerous provisions regarding payments for purchases and enforcement targeted only at recyclers. Additionally, the bills would inappropriately attempt to regulate recyclers without any relationship to metal theft. Worse still, the bills are strangely silent regarding the real problem, metal thieves.
Unfortunately, the Metal Theft Prevention Act places the onus for solving the metal theft problem on the scrap recycling industry and not on the criminals who steal the metal. The scrap recycling industry employs over 85,000 people throughout the United States — most in blue-collar jobs manufacturing specification-grade raw materials that are used as direct substitutes for virgin ores in the manufacture of new basic materials. In 2007, the last full year for which numbers are available, the industry processed over 150 million tons of materials, resulting in extraordinary energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This $71 billion industry, which contributed over $20 billion to the US balance of trade with other nations, has been around for hundreds of years. The men and women of this industry are not criminals, and don’t deserve to be treated as such. Continue Reading →