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Report Reveals Brexit Stalls U.K. Food Waste Prevention Efforts

A new report has found that many retailers had done nothing or not enough to improve labeling that could prevent consumer waste.
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Seven Tips on Fighting Distractions and Being Intentional at Work

Interruptions are a productivity killer for busy marketers. In MarketingProfs' 2019 Marketer Happiness Report, we explored the mindsets, challenges, and satisfaction modern marketers are experiencing both on and off the job. Two findings really
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Research Shows Consumers Willing to Pay Up to 5% More for Environmentally Friendly Products

Toluna, a consumer intelligence provider, has issued a new report highlighting consumer desire to support brands that protect the environment.

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Data from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Shows Stronger Than Expected Growth in Renewables

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency has once again revised its three-year forecast for changes in the US electrical generating capacity mix.

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Recycling Destroys to Create

Will recycled content requirements solve recycling’s markets problem?
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Sustainability alert: US beverage companies launch Every Bottle Back initiative

Sustainability alert: US beverage companies launch Every Bottle Back initiative
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The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Keurig Dr Pepper, Plano, Texas, and PepsiCo, Purchas, New York, have announced the launch of the Every Bottle Back initiative, a breakthrough effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.

The competitors are coming together to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing to consumers the value of their 100 percent recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don’t end up in oceans, rivers or landfills, according to the American Beverage Association (ABA) news release.

This program is being executed in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Switzerland, which will provide strategic scientific advice to help measure the industry’s progress in reducing its plastic footprint, and The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, and New York-based Closed Loop Partners will assist in deploying funds for the initiative.

“Our industry recognizes the serious need to reduce new plastic in our environment, and we want to do our part to lead with innovative solutions,” says Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive officer of ABA. “Our bottles are designed to be remade, and that is why this program is so important.”

Spearheaded by ABA, the Every Bottle Back initiative will:

  • measure industry progress in reducing the use of new plastic in the United States through a collaboration with ReSource: Plastic, WWF’s corporate activation hub
  • improve the quality and availability of recycled plastic in key regions of the country by directing the equivalent of $ 400 million to The Recycling Partnership and Closed Loop Partners through a new $ 100 million industry fund that will be matched three-to-one by other grants and investors. The investments will be used to improve sorting, processing and collection in areas with the biggest infrastructure gaps
  • launch a public awareness campaign to reinforce to consumers the importance of getting these bottles back, so they can be remade into new bottles
  • work together to remind consumers that our bottles are 100 percent recyclable and can be remade into new bottles. Beverage companies will begin introducing voluntary messaging on packages beginning late 2020

“Reaching our goal of No Plastic in Nature by 2030 will only happen if business, governments and the NGO community work together to fix a broken plastic material system,” says Sheila Bonini, senior vice president of private sector engagement at WWF. “ABA is driving this sense of collaboration within the beverage industry to address one critical piece within this system, which is PET recycling in the U.S.”

Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership, adds, “The beverage industry cannot deliver on its promises of sustainable packaging without serious improvements to the current U.S. recycling system. Working in partnership with the beverage industry on its Every Bottle Back initiative will help to improve local recycling and provide Americans with stronger recycling programs for all materials, including plastic bottles. We applaud ABA’s members for launching meaningful, measurable work.”

Ron Gonen, CEO of Closed Loop Partners, remarks, “The leadership exhibited by The Coca-Cola Co, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo provides the investment necessary to optimize recycling in these cities and states. This partnership will serve as a model for the effectiveness of industry collaboration in modernizing recycling infrastructure and driving a reduction in the use of virgin plastic.”

Through the Every Bottle Back initiative, beverage companies are stepping up efforts to reclaim as much plastic packaging as possible to ensure it is remade into new PET bottles.

 “We know we cannot do this alone and, in order to meet our goals and those of our industry, we need to work in partnership to drive collective action to ensure our bottles have second, third and fourth lives through continued recycling and reuse,” says Jim Dinkins, president of Coca-Cola North America.

“At PepsiCo, we are striving to build a world where plastics need never become waste. We are proud to collaborate with others in the industry and respected partners to advance that vision and to do the hard work needed to educate consumers, enable collections and inspire action to recycle our plastic bottles,”says Kirk Tanner, CEO of PepsiCo Beverages North America. “More recycled plastic lessens the need for new plastic.”

SC Johnson launches global partnership to fight ocean plastic, poverty

SC Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin, and Plastic Bank, Vancouver, launched a global partnership to stop postconsumer plastic from entering the ocean and fight poverty. The three-year effort creates recycling infrastructure on a massive scale across five countries and pays residents to collect plastic in exchange for digital savings and rewards, according to a SC Johnson news release.

Once the plastic is collected and exchanged, it will be recycled into the first 100 percent Social Plastic bottle, which SC Johnson will use for its Windex line beginning February 2020.

“More than 8 million metric tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, so building infrastructure that stops plastic before it gets into the ocean is key to solving this issue,” says Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I’m particularly pleased that this program we developed with Plastic Bank helps to address poverty and this critical environmental issue at the same time.”

SC Johnson and Plastic Bank already have nine collection centers in Indonesia. Under the new three-year agreement, they will expand to 509 total collection centers and points across several countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam– four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic –and Brazil.

With the global increase in scale that this partnership will bring, Plastic Bank plans to collect 30,000 metric tons of postconsumer plastic over three years. This is the equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering waterways and ocean, as 100 percent of the plastic will be collected within 30 miles of an ocean or waterway in countries without a formal waste collection infrastructure.

Developed by Plastic Bank, the Social Plastic ecosystem builds and activates recycling infrastructure in the world’s poorest regions and invites residents to earn a stable income by joining the effort. Residents can collect and exchange plastic for digital tokens. Using blockchain technology, they can use the tokens in exchange for access to necessities, healthcare coverage, school tuition, local currency and more.

“Together with SC Johnson, we now have the ability to help close the loop and advance a circular economy while developing infrastructure in the areas where it is needed the most,” says David Katz, Plastic Bank’s founder and CEO. “We are eager to expand exponentially and maximize our efforts in cleaning the environment, prohibiting waste from entering the ocean and alleviating poverty simultaneously. There is no better partner than Fisk and SC Johnson. Other CEOs should take note.”

Gerber and TerraCycle launch national recycling program

Gerber, Florham Park, New Jersey, has partnered with Trenton, New Jersey-based TerraCycle to help give hard-to-recycle baby food packaging a new life. This partnership is rooted in Gerber and TerraCycle’s shared values around eliminating waste and supports the recovery of hard-to-recycle baby food packaging on a national scale, according to a Gerber news release.

To participate, parents can sign up on the Gerber Recycling Program page and mail in packaging that is not municipally recyclable using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

“Through this free recycling program, Gerber is offering parents an easy way to divert waste from landfills by providing a responsible way to dispose of certain hard-to-recycle baby food packaging,” says TerraCycle CEO and Founder Tom Szaky. “By collecting and recycling these items, families can demonstrate their respect for the environment not only through the products that they choose for their children, but also with how they dispose of the packaging.”

As an added incentive, for every pound of recycled packaging sent to TerraCycle through the Gerber Recycling Program, collectors can earn $ 1 to donate to a nonprofit, school or charitable organization of their choice.

This partnership is one of many steps toward Gerber’s goal to achieve 100 percent recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.

“We’re thrilled to partner with TerraCycle as part of our broader sustainable packaging efforts,” says Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka. “We know every parent’s top priority is to ensure a healthy, happy future for their baby. Our commitment to sustainability is rooted in giving parents a hand in making their baby’s future that much brighter.”

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Source: Recycling Today
Sustainability alert: US beverage companies launch Every Bottle Back initiative
<![CDATA[The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Keurig Dr Pepper, Plano, Texas, and PepsiCo, Purchas, New York, have announced the launch of the Every Bottle Back initiative, a breakthrough effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. The competitors are coming together to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing to consumers the value of their 100 percent recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don’t end up in oceans, rivers or landfills, according to the American Beverage Association (ABA) news release.This program is being executed in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Switzerland, which will provide strategic scientific advice to help measure the industry’s progress in reducing its plastic footprint, and The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, and New York-based Closed Loop Partners will assist in deploying funds for the initiative. “Our industry recognizes the serious need to reduce new plastic in our environment, and we want to do our part to lead with innovative solutions,” says Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive officer of ABA. “Our bottles are designed to be remade, and that is why this program is so important.”Spearheaded by ABA, the Every…

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US Steel reports loss in Q3 of 2019

US Steel reports loss in Q3 of 2019
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Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has reported third quarter of 2019 net loss of about $ 84 million. The company had reported third quarter of 2018 net earnings of about $ 291 million. Adjusted net loss in the third quarter of 2019 was about $ 35 million, while adjusted net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 were $ 321 million.

“The team delivered better-than-expected results from solid cost performance and higher than forecasted shipments in flat-rolled,” says U. S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “While market headwinds persist, we continue to focus on what we can control, including rescoping our asset revitalization investments and reducing fixed costs. We also completed three financing activities since the quarter ended, which delivered approximately $ 1.1 billion of incremental capital to further support our strategy.”

According to the company’s third-quarter earnings report, U. S. Steel’s flat-rolled facilities operated well despite difficult market conditions. Burritt says the company’s U. S. Steel Europe operations face tough market pressures, though, and margins for that division remain under pressure. Additionally, the company’s Tubular division has low rig counts and markets for that segment have worsened. 

The company reports that its investment in Big River Steel is its No. 1 priority. The two companies recently completed the acquisition. Burritt says the company has a goal of ultimately acquiring 100 percent of Big River Steel. He adds that the company is also making sure it is flexible with its portfolio of strategic investment spending.

Burritt says current market conditions are challenging “based on what transpired in the flat-roll market over the past two months,” but he says he thinks “signs of life are emerging.”

“The end of the [United Auto Workers] strike at GM removes a significant steel demand gap that existed in the market,” he says. “Lead times have extended. And our flat-rolled order rates have materially improved. And scrap prices are expected to increase approximately $ 20 a ton providing support for steel selling prices. All of these factors provide us confidence that the market is poised to turn from here.” 

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Source: Recycling Today
US Steel reports loss in Q3 of 2019
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has reported third quarter of 2019 net loss of about $ 84 million. The company had reported third quarter of 2018 net earnings of about $ 291 million. Adjusted net loss in the third quarter of 2019 was about $ 35 million, while adjusted net earnings for the third quarter of 2018 were $ 321 million.“The team delivered better-than-expected results from solid cost performance and higher than forecasted shipments in flat-rolled,” says U. S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “While market headwinds persist, we continue to focus on what we can control, including rescoping our asset revitalization investments and reducing fixed costs. We also completed three financing activities since the quarter ended, which delivered approximately $ 1.1 billion of incremental capital to further support our strategy.”According to the company’s third-quarter earnings report, U. S. Steel’s flat-rolled facilities operated well despite difficult market conditions. Burritt says the company’s U. S. Steel Europe operations face tough market pressures, though, and margins for that division remain under pressure. Additionally, the company’s Tubular division has low rig counts and markets for that segment have worsened. The company reports that its investment in Big River Steel is its No. 1 priority. The two companies…

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US Supply Chain Alliance Joins Federal Initiative to Cut Food Waste in Half

An alliance representing major parts of the US food supply chain formed a new partnership with the USDA, EPA, and FDA to reduce food waste and loss by 50% by 2030.

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P&G Reaches 2020 Goal of Purchasing 100% Renewable Electricity in the US and Canada

P&G announced today that it is purchasing 100% renewable electricity in the US and Canada, and the company has extended this practice to Western Europe. This is part of P&G’s Ambition 2030 goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030.

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October 2019: Products that Power the Waste and Recycling Industry

In this month's Waste360 Product News newsletter, we highlight 8 products, which include technology solutions, engines, shredders, rotary atomisers, reusable yard debris bags and more.
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