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A New Milestone for R2

R2 Certification just reached a new milestone –there are now more than 900 R2 Certified facilities worldwide!  The diversity of R2 Certified facilities continues to grow from ITAD, returns, and repair facilities all the way to end-of-life recycling.   R2 Certification continues to deliver SERI’s mission to create a world where electronic products are reused and recycled in a way that promotes resource preservation; the well-being of the natural environment; and the health and safety of workers and communities. 

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Waste is a Family Affair

Episode 17: A conversation with Sean Jennings, president of Waste Pro.
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British Columbia releases survey on banning, recycling more plastics

British Columbia releases survey on banning, recycling more plastics
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The Canadian province of British Columbia released a survey to gain its residents’ opinions on proposed new actions to reduce plastic waste in the province’s waterways, environment and landfills. According to a news release from the British Columbia government’s website, British Columbians are encouraged to share their opinions on plastic waste and recycling in an online survey. 

Residents are encouraged to comment on the survey until Sept. 18, 2019.

“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear: We need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment,” says Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman. “We have all seen the striking images of animals and fish being caught up in everyday plastic waste like grocery bags or beer can loops that ensnare these beautiful creatures and it cannot continue. I look forward to hearing from people about how we can all play a part in reducing plastic pollution and plastics use overall.”

According to the British Columbia government’s website, the province is proposing action in four areas to reduce plastic pollution and use less plastic overall:

• Bans on single-use packaging and determining which types of plastic packaging to phase out altogether

• Dramatically reduce single-use plastics in landfills and waterways by requiring producers to take responsibility for more plastic products and ensuring that single-use plastic items get recycled

• Plastic bottle and beverage container returns by expanding deposit-return systems to cover all beverage containers with a 10-cent refundable deposit 

• Reducing plastic waste overall

“By bringing industry to the table, extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs make it possible for materials to be recycled much more efficiently,” says Brock Macdonald, CEO of the Recycling Council of British Columbia. “That’s good for business and good for environment. Today’s addition is targeted and strategic increase to [British Columbia’s] already expansive series of EPR programs.” 

The province also is reviewing new ways to make plastic recycling easier, including a proposed system of electronic refunds for bottle returns, the British Columbia government reports in a news release. This method could eliminate the need to sort bottles and provide the option to have refunds processed electronically or donated to community organizations. 

Currently, British Columbia has 22 industry-led recycling programs. The British Columbia government reports that the province is also working with counterparts across Canada to develop national standards to specify the minimum amount of recycled plastic required in new packaging and products. 

“We have a responsibility to British Columbians to curb the significant impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and marine life,” says Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party caucus. “Taking action on plastic waste is a priority the BC Green caucus shares with this government, as well as with the local governments that have already shown leadership in this area. I look forward to hearing from British Columbians on their priorities for action on plastics.”

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Source: Recycling Today
British Columbia releases survey on banning, recycling more plastics
<![CDATA[The Canadian province of British Columbia released a survey to gain its residents’ opinions on proposed new actions to reduce plastic waste in the province’s waterways, environment and landfills. According to a news release from the British Columbia government’s website, British Columbians are encouraged to share their opinions on plastic waste and recycling in an online survey. Residents are encouraged to comment on the survey until Sept. 18, 2019.“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear: We need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment,” says Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman. “We have all seen the striking images of animals and fish being caught up in everyday plastic waste like grocery bags or beer can loops that ensnare these beautiful creatures and it cannot continue. I look forward to hearing from people about how we can all play a part in reducing plastic pollution and plastics use overall.”According to the British Columbia government’s website, the province is proposing action in four areas to reduce plastic pollution and use less plastic overall:• Bans on single-use packaging and…

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Zero-Waste Restaurant Changes Biz Practices of Suppliers, Saves Dough

A restaurant in Helsinki is taking the no-waste movement to heart by attempting to eliminate every bit of waste from its kitchens. The three co-founders of Restaurant Nolla are taking their goal so seriously that there is not even a garbage can in the kitchen, according to Fast Company. On the … Read more »

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Automakers Reach Emissions Deal with California, Defying Trump

Four major automakers struck a deal with the state of California on fuel efficiency, defying the Trump administration’s push to roll back emissions standards. Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda reached a voluntary agreement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Thursday.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Zero Waste Act

The bill will create a federal grant program to help local cities invest in zero waste initiatives.
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First Round of Public Comments on R2v3 Released

The first draft of the R2v3 Standard was released for public review on April 2, 2019, followed by a public comment period lasting through May 20, 2019.   At the end of this period, all comments were compiled and provided to the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for consideration.  The list of all comments and recommendations received during this initial round have been grouped by provision and can be downloaded below.  (Individual or company names and references have been removed.)   The “recommended changes” in the report are those that have been recommended by the public.

The TAC has started its review and consideration of the 493 comments received and will be determining where changes need to be made.  Any proposed changes to the R2v3 draft will be posted for a second round of public review and comment.   The TAC will consider all comments after each round of feedback.  The final disposition of each comment will be provided in an updated report at the end of each round.  

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Unilever and Dozens of Other Biz Leaders Publicly Commit to Step Up Climate Efforts

Twenty-seven companies – including AstraZeneca, Royal DSM and Unilever – have responded to a call to action from the UN to step up their sustainability efforts, committing to reducing emissions further and setting science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In its call to action … Read more »

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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design
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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, a beverage company based in Boulder, Colorado, has nationally launched its new aluminum can designs. Customers will see the new packaging across 32 states as early as July, with a goal for the entire lineup to be 100 percent glass-free by September.

The new can designs were rolled out in locations across Texas first and reflect Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha’s “commitment to environmentalism while increasing portability to match the on-the-go lifestyle of the company’s consumer base,” the company says in a news release.

“We believe functional health extends to the environment we live in as well as ourselves,” says Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha founder and CEO Jamba Dunn. “In an effort to increase our presence and offerings while being mindful of environmental concerns, we’ve shifted to clean supply chains and more sustainable packaging. Cans are lighter to ship, require less energy to recycle and keep our products fresher longer for the consumer to enjoy.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aluminum cans have a recycling rate of 67 percent compared with a 26.4 percent rate for glass bottles. The cans provide a “light-free environment, which increases product integrity, adds to shelf-life and allows for 24 hours of refrigeration-free shipping,” the company says.

“Function before flavor has always been at the root of our brewing philosophy,” says Michelle Dziuban, marketing manager for Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha. “It was time our packaging reflected these performance-enhancing benefits in a bolder way.”

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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design
<![CDATA[Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, a beverage company based in Boulder, Colorado, has nationally launched its new aluminum can designs. Customers will see the new packaging across 32 states as early as July, with a goal for the entire lineup to be 100 percent glass-free by September.The new can designs were rolled out in locations across Texas first and reflect Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha’s “commitment to environmentalism while increasing portability to match the on-the-go lifestyle of the company’s consumer base,” the company says in a news release.“We believe functional health extends to the environment we live in as well as ourselves,” says Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha founder and CEO Jamba Dunn. “In an effort to increase our presence and offerings while being mindful of environmental concerns, we’ve shifted to clean supply chains and more sustainable packaging. Cans are lighter to ship, require less energy to recycle and keep our products fresher longer for the consumer to enjoy.”According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aluminum cans have a recycling rate of 67 percent compared with a 26.4 percent rate for glass bottles. The cans provide a “light-free environment, which increases product integrity, adds to shelf-life and allows for 24 hours of refrigeration-free shipping,” the company…

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Zara Owner Inditex Pledges 100% Organic, Sustainable or Recycled Materials

Zara brand owner Inditex Group announced corporate sustainability commitments this week that include switching to 100% organic, sustainable or recycled cotton, linen, and polyester by 2025. Some critics are calling the move “greenwashing.”

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