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COVID-19 Hits Baltimore Solid Waste Yard

Seven employees at Baltimore’s east side solid waste yard have test positive for COVID-19. In addition, at least eight of the city’s sanitation workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the illness, the city is suspending recycling coll
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EPA hosts webinar to discuss stimulating recycling markets and creating demand

EPA hosts webinar to discuss stimulating recycling markets and creating demand
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Attendees of the webinar heard from five speakers who work for the EPA, including Cheryl Coleman, Ron Vance and Ksenija Janjic. Association of Plastic Recyclers President and CEO Steve Alexander also spoke, as well as Judy Sheahan with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

First, Coleman spoke about the need for strong recycling across the country, adding that the industry contributes more than $ 36 billion in wages and 750,000 jobs. “Most Americans want to recycle, but confusion exists about how to recycle,” Coleman said.

This year, Coleman said the EPA would like to create more national recycling goals with stakeholders through more education and outreach, enhancing material management infrastructure, strengthening secondary material markets and enhancing measurement.

Alexander spoke next, sharing the outlook for plastics recycling. He said a few goals include increasing domestic demand for recycled plastics, helping prevent “ocean plastics” through higher domestic demand and mitigating the reliance on exports.

From a local perspective, Sheahan shared what mayors within the U.S. Conference of Mayors are doing to better recycling on their level. Although many cities are scaling back or cutting off recycling now, she said that doesn’t mean they want to do that, rather it’s just something that needs to be done right now.

“If we could build a more circular economy, where one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, it would be an ideal situation,” she said.

Vance spoke about the EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guideline Program (CPG), created to designate items that are or can be made from recovered materials. Right now, there are 61 items within eight categories. He shared more about updating that list and how the EPA plans to do so, and that’s where Janjic’s presentation took over.

Since the list hasn’t seen any updates since 2007, Janjic shared how the public and others can offer comment on current CPGs and make suggestions for others. Those comments are able to be made through early July, then the EPA will announce any changes.

 

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Source: Recycling Today
EPA hosts webinar to discuss stimulating recycling markets and creating demand
<![CDATA[Attendees of the webinar heard from five speakers who work for the EPA, including Cheryl Coleman, Ron Vance and Ksenija Janjic. Association of Plastic Recyclers President and CEO Steve Alexander also spoke, as well as Judy Sheahan with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.First, Coleman spoke about the need for strong recycling across the country, adding that the industry contributes more than $ 36 billion in wages and 750,000 jobs. “Most Americans want to recycle, but confusion exists about how to recycle,” Coleman said.This year, Coleman said the EPA would like to create more national recycling goals with stakeholders through more education and outreach, enhancing material management infrastructure, strengthening secondary material markets and enhancing measurement. Alexander spoke next, sharing the outlook for plastics recycling. He said a few goals include increasing domestic demand for recycled plastics, helping prevent “ocean plastics” through higher domestic demand and mitigating the reliance on exports. From a local perspective, Sheahan shared what mayors within the U.S. Conference of Mayors are doing to better recycling on their level. Although many cities are scaling back or cutting off recycling now, she said that doesn’t mean they want to do that, rather it’s just something that needs to be done…

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IRENA Report: Cost of Utility-Scale Solar Down by 82%

Renewables are beating even the cheapest coal on cost, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concluded. More than half the renewable capacity added last year worldwide achieved lower electricity costs than coal.

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NYC Removed 2,000 Trash Cans in Preparation for More Unrest

Earlier this week, city officials in New York City pulled public trash cans out of neighborhoods hit by unrest or that they suspect may be targeted by looters after the death of George Floyd.  That’s nearly nine percent of the 23,000 Department
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Trump Order Waives Environmental Review for Big Construction Projects

Citing the current “economic emergency” due to the pandemic, President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that allows federal agencies to waive environmental review for approval of major construction projects.

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4 Ways to Improve the Worsening Waste and Recycling Crisis

The Natural Resources Council of Main blog gives four ways to improve the worsening waste and recycling crisis.  Most people understand that reducing waste and recycling is an environmentally critical endeavor. The urgency to conserve our natur
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The Plague of Uncertainty: The Pandemic’s Unpredictable Impacts on Recycling and Its Markets (Commentary)

At the end of January, I spoke on recycling markets at the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition Annual Conference. I never uttered the word “pandemic”. So much for my predictive abilities. In spite of that, they asked me to do a webinar at the end of thi
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States Sue Trump Administration over Fuel Economy Rollbacks

Attorneys general from 23 states are suing the Trump administration over its final rule rolling back fuel economy standards. The District of Columbia, the California Air Resources Board, four cities, and two counties also joined the lawsuit.

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Covid’s Impact Squeezes Corporations’ Efforts to Cut Use of Virgin Plastics 

Among the economic disruptions COVID-19 has caused, the steep drop in the price of crude oil is putting many corporations in a pickle regarding pledges they’ve made to reduce their use of virgin plastic packaging.  The decre
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Anheuser-Busch: Rice Farmers Saved 2 Billion Gallons of Water

Rice farmers contracted by brewer Anheuser-Busch saved more than 2 billion gallons of water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than a quarter during the last growing season through a program with Indigo Agriculture.

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