Money in your pants: Levi’s new recycling program offers 20% discount for old duds

Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.

San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. announced Tuesday that customers who drop off a clean, dry item of clothing or a pair of shoes at any U.S. Levi’s store (outlets included) — of any brand — will receive a voucher for 20% off the purchase of a regular-priced in-store Levi’s item.

How to Dispose of Old Electronics

Read the full post at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog.

Do you have an old non-working computer stashed away somewhere in your garage, attic, or closet because you’re not sure how to dispose of it?  Do you have a stack of CDs with old backups on them that you no longer need? An old printer or monitor? Power cords or connector cables that you don’t use?

Here are a few suggestions for how to dispose of these items safely and responsibly.

A Brief History of Household Recycling

Read the full post at CityLab.

Recycling programs might seem ordinary today, but it wasn’t long ago that the vast majority of households sent 100 percent of their waste to landfills. These days, the most ambitious cities are adding “zero-waste” goals to a growing list of “green” policies. Will any of them truly arrive at a future without trash? If the past is any guide, the best ideas for how to get there will be the result of years of testing and tinkering.

Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified

Read the full story from NPR.

It’s easy to think we’re being virtuous when we fill up the blue recycling bin and put it on the curb. But it’s clear we have embraced some magical thinking when it comes to what can be recycled.

Morning Edition asked its social media followers to share what puzzles them the most about the recycling process. Then, NPR’s Dianna Douglas visited a waste management plant in Elkridge, Md., to get the answers from Michael Taylor, director of recycling operations for the plant.

Why We’re All a Part of the Green Electronics Conversation

Read the full post at Triple Pundit.

Have you ever seen one of those signs in your office encouraging you to recycle electronics? It exists for good reason: In 2014 alone, 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste was shipped to developing countries, posing an immense risk to environmental and human health. Electronics are evolving at a blistering pace, and device lifespans are shortening. Combine those with an exponential increase in global demand, and it can seem impossible to reverse the trend.

Fortunately, experts from around the world are already thinking holistically about these issues, and working to develop innovative solutions. Those experts will gather in September at the Emerging Green Conference to discuss ways to ensure that electronics are key contributors to the circular economy, rather than prime examples of how not to design a product ecosystem.

Study: To improve recycling, don’t crush containers

Read the full story in Plastics News.

Recycling would be well served if Americans reconsidered a long-held approach to how they handle their plastics and other recyclables.

Crushing recyclables, including plastic bottles and containers, is an easy way to make more room in the recycling container. But that simple and time-tested practice actually can lead to a more difficult time for today’s material recycling facilities, says the new MRF Material Flow Study report commissioned by a handful of trade groups.

Rauner signs electronics recycling bill into law

Read the full story from the Joliet Herald-News.

A temporary fix aimed to save underfunded electronics recycling programs statewide was signed into law last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner, allowing Will County officials to breathe a sigh relief – for now.

House Bill 1455, sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport, addresses funding shortfalls through 2017 that have jeopardized electronics recycling programs statewide as demand for services continues to grow. The law is effective immediately.