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Women Leaders in Waste: What They’re Reading

Here's a look at what our 2019 Women Leaders in Waste are reading.
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Next-Level Water Management Finally Surfaces This Year

After years of playing second fiddle to energy savings and emissions slashing, smarter corporate water management truly gained the spotlight in 2019. And not a moment too soon.

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The Best Advice Sustainability Leaders Shared in 2019

Conversations with dozens of sustainability leaders from around the world for Environment + Energy Leader produced numerous insights this year. Here’s some of the best sustainability advice they shared.

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Trump Impeachment Not Expected to Impact Waste Industry

President Donald Trump was impeached after the House passed two articles of impeachment. An upcoming Senate trial will determine if he’s removed from office.
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Waste and Recycling Industry Sees Jump in Fatalities

BLS has released its 2018 industry fatality summary, which shows a large increase in waste collection fatalities.
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NWRA Thanks Trump, Congress for Tax Extenders Deal

The bipartisan agreement renews tax breaks that expired at the end of 2017 through 2020.
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Final Deadline Approaches for 2020 Environment + Energy Leader Awards

The final deadline to submit entries for the 2020 Environment + Energy Leader Awards is rapidly approaching on December 30. This elite program, now its eighth year, recognizes winners from across industries for providing significant sustainability and energy management results.

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Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force launches

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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.”

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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…

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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.
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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.

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