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California Leads U.S. in Recycling and Waste Reform


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 →

New system turns trash into clean energy


IST Energy announced the launch of its new GEM waste-to-energy conversion system, which affordably creates clean energy from post-consumer waste. The GEM is the first compact and mobile waste-to-energy system, making it ideally suited for on-site installation at any location producing at least two tons of trash daily. Customer demonstrations are currently being scheduled and initial deliveries are planned for this summer.

In addition to eliminating 95 percent of daily consumer waste, such as paper, plastic, food, wood and agricultural materials, the GEM doubles as a clean energy producer. Through a patent-pending process, the system converts everyday trash into small pellets that are, in turn, converted into electricity and gas heat.
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Toyota to Increase ‘Ecological Plastic’ in Vehicle Interiors

Toyota Hybrid

Toyota announced plans to increase use of plant-derived, carbon-neutral (Zero net CO2 emissions over an entire product lifecycle) plastics in more vehicle models, starting with a new hybrid vehicle next year. The TMC newly developed plastics, collectively known as “Ecological Plastic”, are to be used in scuff plates, headliners, seat cushions and other interior vehicle parts.  Within 2009, TMC aims for Ecological Plastic to account for approximately 60 percent of the interior components in vehicles that feature it.

There are basically two types of Ecological Plastic—that produced completely from plant-derived materials and that produced from a combination of plant- and petroleum-derived materials.  Because plants play a role in either type, Ecological Plastic emits less CO2 during a product’s lifecycle (from manufacture to disposal) than plastic made solely from petroleum; it also helps reduce petroleum use.
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