Yes, recycling is still good business — if this happens

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Municipalities and recycling companies should redefine recycling contracts to value each commodity type individually in order to share in the true costs and benefits of the recycling market.

Turning coffee, mango and cashew waste into valuable resources

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Byproducts from fruit drying, cashew milling and coffee production have traditionally been difficult to deal with but new technologies are turning them into heat, gas, electricity.

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.