Why is recycling important? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Recycling is not about rubbish: it’s valuable commodities you’re chucking in your wheelie bin, according to sustainability expert Marcus Gover, not rubbish.

States Wrestle with Cost of Electronics Recycling

Read the full story in Stateline.

An old television. A first-generation iPhone. The free printer that came with a new computer.

These once novel items are among the millions of tons of technology pitched into the trash or taken to recycling centers each year. Though states have been trying to get manufacturers to help pay for electronics recycling since the early 2000s, half do not have statewide recycling programs and those that do are evaluating how to make their programs work as the size, volume and value of recycled electronics change.

Here’s what some hotels do with those barely used bars of soap

Read the full story from PBS NewsHour.

Several years ago, Erin Zaikis was working in rural Thailand. She was surprised to see how many children in the village didn’t wash their hands with soap, much less know what soap was.

“Just hearing that someone who’s 11, 12, 13 and has lived their whole life without something that I took for granted every single day of mine was the catalyst for thinking about a solution to this problem,” said Zaikis.

Back in New York she did some research. “Everyone’s talking about clean water, but no one’s talking about soap,” she discovered. “I felt like if I didn’t do something, no one would.”

In 2013 Zaikis founded Sundara, a nonprofit working to improve hygiene and prevent disease in poor communities in India, Uganda and Myanmar by recycling used bars of hotel soap. Hotels pay a fee to join the program and have used bars of soap and liquid soap taken off their hands, so to speak.

How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife

Read the full story from the National Wildlife Federation.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween, is carving pumpkins. My evening walks through the neighborhood are even better with the bright orange pumpkins, highlighting the colors of autumn, and showing off creative designs.

After the trick-or-treaters clear away, and Halloween is officially over, don’t trash your pumpkins! There are several ways to recycle them with wildlife and your garden in mind. How do you reuse pumpkins in your yard?

October 2015 issue of NTIS National Technical Reports Newsletter features e-cycling publications

The October 2015 issue of NTIS’ National Technical Reports Newsletter features a sampling of new and historic information on electronics recycling that is available from NTIS via the NTRL website. The issue also includes links to the public access plans of several federal agencies and an overview of NTIS’ new NTRL database.

Proper Materials Storage Fundamental to E-Recycling

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

Proper storage of materials is a fundamental element of the electronics recycling R2 Standard that is addressed in Provision 9, according to SERI, which manages the R2 recycling standard.

While the material storage requirements of R2:2013 are rooted in basic environmental, health and safety regulations in place in the US, the general principles and intent behind the regulations apply to all responsible recycling facilities, regardless of where they operate.

ISRI, JASON Learning announce “Bigger Than the Bin” student video and poster contest

Read the full story in Recycling Today.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning, Ashburn, Virginia, are again inviting young filmmakers, artists and recycling advocates to participate in a contest to build awareness around the variety of items that can be recycled. The theme of this year’s contest is “Bigger than the Bin.” Students in grades K–12 are challenged to select an item that is too big for the blue bin, research how that item is recycled and create an original video or poster on the subject.