Archive for the Recycling News Category

Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force launches

Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force launches
<![CDATA[

U.S. Congresswoman Haley Stevens of Michigan has launched the Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force, a coalition of lawmakers working with state and local officials and industry representatives to facilitate investment in recycling technologies and promote education on plastics generation and recovery.

Reps. Kim Schrier of Washington, Paul Tonko of New York and Greg Murphy of North Carolina participated in the Dec. 10 launch meeting. 

While plastics are necessary to modern life, insufficient strategies for recycling and waste management and the lack of robust secondary markets for plastics are creating steeper costs for municipal recycling programs and effects on public health, a news release from Steven’s office announcing the task force says. Less than 9 percent of all the plastic created is recycled each year.

The Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force will convene periodic meetings to highlight changes and innovations in the private sector; increase understanding of the challenges facing our domestic recycling infrastructure; identify and discuss innovative approaches to plastics generation and recovery, as well as the latest research on those topics; and build consensus among members of Congress around opportunities to address plastic waste.

“Plastics have become fundamental to almost all aspects of our lives, from food storage to 3D printing technology, and have enabled us to make great technological advances,” says Stevens. “With this progress, however, comes a cost. Some estimates suggest that Americans dispose of 22 million tons of products that could have been recycled every year. We produce far more plastic than we can properly recycle, domestically and internationally. The extent of plastics pollution is becoming ever more apparent and more alarming.”

She continues, “The news is not all bleak, however. There are a number of new technologies that are being developed to increase the efficiency and availability of plastics recycling, repurpose more recycled plastics into high-value products and, ultimately, reduce the impact of plastic on the environment and human health. By creating the Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force, I hope to bring my colleagues together with industry and other stakeholders to build momentum around these emerging technologies and move toward a more sustainable future.”

“For communities like Plymouth, the environmental benefits of recycling must be weighed against the economic and administrative factors that can make it difficult to maintain municipal recycling programs without increasing costs for residents,” says Paul Sincock, manager of the city of Plymouth, Michigan. “As a city manager, I know that a stronger end market for plastics would increase the value of the recycled goods we collect, helping to preserve and strengthen municipal recycling programs across the country.”

He adds, “Congresswoman Stevens has been paying close attention to this issue, inviting me to testify before her Research & Technology subcommittee earlier this year to speak to the challenges of overseeing a municipal recycling program. I applaud the formation of the new Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force, which will bring stakeholders to the table to help address our growing plastic waste crisis.”

“Rep. Haley Stevens’ leadership on an issue of critical importance to the environment is greatly appreciated,” says American Beverage Association President and CEO Katherine Lugar. “The Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force will bolster our industry’s efforts to decrease the use of new plastic by increasing the collection of plastic so it can be remade into new products and not wasted in landfills or as litter. This task force demonstrates how we can work together in support of new ideas and investments that will benefit consumers, conserve resources and protect the environment.”

]]>
Source: Recycling Today
Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force launches
<![CDATA[U.S. Congresswoman Haley Stevens of Michigan has launched the Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force, a coalition of lawmakers working with state and local officials and industry representatives to facilitate investment in recycling technologies and promote education on plastics generation and recovery. Reps. Kim Schrier of Washington, Paul Tonko of New York and Greg Murphy of North Carolina participated in the Dec. 10 launch meeting.  While plastics are necessary to modern life, insufficient strategies for recycling and waste management and the lack of robust secondary markets for plastics are creating steeper costs for municipal recycling programs and effects on public health, a news release from Steven’s office announcing the task force says. Less than 9 percent of all the plastic created is recycled each year. The Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force will convene periodic meetings to highlight changes and innovations in the private sector; increase understanding of the challenges facing our domestic recycling infrastructure; identify and discuss innovative approaches to plastics generation and recovery, as well as the latest research on those topics; and build consensus among members of Congress around opportunities to address plastic waste. “Plastics have become fundamental to almost all aspects of our lives, from food storage to…

Carolina Recycling Association

Carbios’ Technology Aims to Bio-recycle Plastic on an Industrial Scale

The company has developed a unique, sustainable technology using highly specific enzymes that can recycle PET plastics and polyester fibers feedstock.
Waste360 – Waste and recycling information, events, commerce and education

Major US States, Counties, and Cities Embrace a New Tool to Pay for Energy Efficiency

Today, the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Alliance industry coalition spotlighted the new programs authorized in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

The post Major US States, Counties, and Cities Embrace a New Tool to Pay for Energy Efficiency appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Environment + Energy Leader

Study Highlights Illinois’ Serious Recycling Challenges

The latest study from Illinois Public Interest Research Group addresses recycling problems and potential solutions statewide.
Waste360 – Waste and recycling information, events, commerce and education

Five Marketing Tips Worth Stealing From Small-Company Marketers

Take a page from the book of small-company marketers—and you just might be surprised by the results. While working on the 2019 Marketer Happiness Report, we looked at the data by company size. It wasn't surprising that the reported behaviors o
Waste360 – Waste and recycling information, events, commerce and education

Drought-Prone California Town Turns to Recycled Water to Irrigate Public Spaces

Paso Robles, California, recently announced the completion of the new Tertiary Treatment Facilities at its wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), augmenting the roughly 30,000-resident city’s water stewardship in a state dealing with water scarcity.

The post Drought-Prone California Town Turns to Recycled Water to Irrigate Public Spaces appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Environment + Energy Leader

Report Analyzes Expansion of New York State Bottle Bill

The study investigates the implications that adding wine and liquor bottles to the list of redeemable containers in the bottle bill would have.
Waste360 – Waste and recycling information, events, commerce and education

Science Based Targets Initiative Releases First Ever Progress Assessment

For the first time since launching in 2015, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) published an assessment of its progress. The new report released this week shows that nearly 300 companies have set emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement goals.

The post Science Based Targets Initiative Releases First Ever Progress Assessment appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Environment + Energy Leader

DOE Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Improve Data Center Efficiency

Hewlett Packard Enterprises has announced an AI Ops R&D collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies to automate and improve operational efficiency, including resiliency and energy usage, in data centers for the exascale era.

The post DOE Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Improve Data Center Efficiency appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Environment + Energy Leader

US Department of Energy Funds Carbon Capture Project in California

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) today announced the US Department of Energy has awarded $ 300,000 in funding to a project that would advance the development of a process called Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM).

The post US Department of Energy Funds Carbon Capture Project in California appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Environment + Energy Leader