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Coca-Cola European Partners Invests in Polyester Waste Recycling

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) began funding Dutch startup CuRe Technology, which is developing a process for transforming difficult-to-recycle plastic polyester waste into high-quality recycled PET.

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P&G Says Global Operations to Be Carbon Neutral within the Decade

Procter & Gamble announced plans to go beyond their existing science-based target of reducing emissions from operations 50% by 2030 to have global operations become carbon neutral for the next decade.

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More than 7.5 Million Pounds of Batteries Recycled in U.S. in 2019 by Call2Recycle®

Retail partners and municipalities drive surge in battery collections
ATLANTA, GA. – January 30, 2020 – Thanks to consumer’s increasing battery recycling habits at retailers and municipalities, more than 7.5 million pounds of batteries were responsibly recycled in the U.S. …
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Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary Reminds Us of Those Who Help Us Along the Way

This Earth Day, we are facing a truly challenging situation. During this time, Call2Recycle’s top priority remains on the safety, health and general well-being of our staff, service providers, collection partners, stakeholders and the general public. We are also asking …
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New research reveals sustainability’s impact on packaging

New research reveals sustainability’s impact on packaging
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A new survey by paper-based packaging leader Smurfit Kappa, Dublin, reveals that sustainability is leading businesses to rethink their products and packaging in an effort to tackle environmental waste. According to Smurfit Kappa, the Sustainability and Profitability Survey, which was conducted among 200 senior business executives in the U.K., shows that sustainability is driving all research and development (R&D) and new product development in more than a third of companies.

The research also shows how businesses are focusing on packaging specifically as a key innovation opportunity with 7 in 10 businesses citing materials in packaging as their biggest sustainability challenge, followed by collection and recycling (59 percent) and the materials used to manufacture products (56 percent). Furthermore, almost 9 in 10 businesses have included used or recycled material in products or packaging as part of their sustainability strategies.

 “This research highlights that businesses are now having to address sustainability in a challenging economic environment and consumers will continue to drive the sustainability agenda,” says Arco Berkenbosch, Smurfit Kappa vice president of innovation and development.

“There are plenty of easy wins for suppliers to tackle in the global packaging industry without driving up significant costs, starting with reducing the amount of empty packaging in the e-commerce channel and the use of nonsustainable materials when transporting goods in the supply chain. We have found that there is growing demand for the products in our Better Planet Packaging portfolio which are sustainable alternatives.”

Berkenbosch adds, “As the shift to sustainable packaging intensifies, it is critical that businesses continue to invest in innovative solutions in order to respond to consumer demand, improve brand perception and deliver successful sustainability strategies.”

The survey, which also examines consumers’ views on sustainability and how they are adapting to create a more sustainable future, finds that 37 percent rate packaging design as important when making a purchasing decision. Further, signaling consumers’ awareness of brands’ packaging, the research shows more than half of customers have purchased a product specifically because it had reusable or biodegradable packaging in the past six months.

The Sustainability and Profitability Survey shows8 in 10 businesses view sustainability as a long-term investment rather than a cost with consumers continuing to drive organizations’ attitudes towards sustainable practices. 

For more information, view the survey results in the Sustainability Reshapes the Business Landscape for Good report.

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Source: Recycling Today
New research reveals sustainability’s impact on packaging
<![CDATA[A new survey by paper-based packaging leader Smurfit Kappa, Dublin, reveals that sustainability is leading businesses to rethink their products and packaging in an effort to tackle environmental waste. According to Smurfit Kappa, the Sustainability and Profitability Survey, which was conducted among 200 senior business executives in the U.K., shows that sustainability is driving all research and development (R&D) and new product development in more than a third of companies. The research also shows how businesses are focusing on packaging specifically as a key innovation opportunity with 7 in 10 businesses citing materials in packaging as their biggest sustainability challenge, followed by collection and recycling (59 percent) and the materials used to manufacture products (56 percent). Furthermore, almost 9 in 10 businesses have included used or recycled material in products or packaging as part of their sustainability strategies. “This research highlights that businesses are now having to address sustainability in a challenging economic environment and consumers will continue to drive the sustainability agenda,” says Arco Berkenbosch, Smurfit Kappa vice president of innovation and development. “There are plenty of easy wins for suppliers to tackle in the global packaging industry without driving up significant costs, starting with reducing the amount of empty…

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VC Funding for Solar Sector Drops 74% in First Half of 2020

In 1H 2020, global VC funding in the solar sector was 74% lower with $ 210 million compared to $ 799 million raised in the first half of 2019.

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China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021

China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021
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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, reports that China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed that the nation will be banning the import of solid wastes in 2021. China is no longer accepting and approving import applications for solid waste.

According to BIR, this information was shared during the ministry’s press conference June 30 and is in line with the policies applied since 2017 to reduce the import of foreign waste. China will place a newly revised “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes” into force Sept. 1, clarifying the legal requirements for the identification of attributes of imported goods suspected of solid wastes.

Additionally, China has issued its ninth batch of scrap import quotas for 2020. According to BIR, China’s Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment published the most recent batch of scrap import quotas July 7. (The list, which can be found here, is in Chinese but can be translated by web browser.)

According to the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre, this ninth batch allows for 176,746 metric tons of copper scrap, 209,660 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 4,990 metric tons of steel scrap and nearly 1.12 million metric tons of recovered paper to enter China. 

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Source: Recycling Today
China affirms ban on solid waste in 2021
<![CDATA[The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, reports that China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed that the nation will be banning the import of solid wastes in 2021. China is no longer accepting and approving import applications for solid waste.According to BIR, this information was shared during the ministry’s press conference June 30 and is in line with the policies applied since 2017 to reduce the import of foreign waste. China will place a newly revised “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes” into force Sept. 1, clarifying the legal requirements for the identification of attributes of imported goods suspected of solid wastes.Additionally, China has issued its ninth batch of scrap import quotas for 2020. According to BIR, China’s Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment published the most recent batch of scrap import quotas July 7. (The list, which can be found here, is in Chinese but can be translated by web browser.)According to the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre, this ninth batch allows for 176,746 metric tons of copper scrap, 209,660 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 4,990 metric tons of steel scrap and nearly…

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International Report: Global E-Waste Generation Hits Record High

The Global E-waste Monitor 2020, a new report produced in collaboration with the UN Environment Program (UNEP), found that a record 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste was generated last year. Raw materials contained in that waste had approximately $ 57 billion in value.

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Dole to Eliminate Food Waste by 2025

Dole grows all type of fruit including bananas, but not all of them end up as food. The company announced that over the next five years it plans to eliminate the waste. To reach its goal, Dole plans to eliminate fossil-based plastic packaging by 202
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Worn Again Technologies Aims to Eradicate Textile Waste and Shift to a Circular Economy

Worn Again Technologies’ unique technology has the ability to replace the use of virgin resources by recapturing raw materials from non-reusable products. The company recently secured up to €8 million in new equity capital from investo
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