Day: February 17, 2020

Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change, Planet’s ‘Biggest Threat’

Read the full story from NPR.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Monday he is committing $10 billion to fight climate change, which he calls “the biggest threat to our planet.”

Bezos says the funds will go toward the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund.

Vermont finds PFAS in 95% of waste samples, as states increase landfill scrutiny

Read the full story in WasteDive.

Testing from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released recently showed per- and polyfluoroalkyl​ substances (PFAS)​ were in 95% of waste samples from throughout the state. This included the Coventry landfill, owned and operated by Casella Waste Systems, where the toxic “forever chemicals” were found in all samples.

Despite the evident contamination, the DEC found “that a small fraction of the PFAS entering the landfill in wastes leave it in leachate.” But VTDigger reported high readings for PFAS have been found at two local wastewater treatment plants. One, in Montpelier, took significant levels of leachate from Coventry. The other in Newport no longer accepts the landfill’s leachate, but did during the period measured by DEC. 

Kasey Kathan, an analyst with DEC, told Waste Dive some of Vermont’s PFAS monitoring reports have been completed “in collaboration with Casella” and the state is working with the company on the issue.

Increasing Pollution Levels Helping Solar Panel Recycling Market Advance

Read the full story at Virtual Strategy Magazine.

From $80.7 million in 2017, the solar panel recycling market is projected to grow to $269.8 million by 2023. It is also being expected that during 2018–2023 (forecast period), the market would experience a CAGR of 22.0%.

Proposed Legislation Sparks Conversation About EPR, Plastics

Read the full story at Waste360.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act aims to combat plastic pollution via source reduction and extended producer responsibility.

Webinar: Sustainable Packaging Opportunities in Life Sciences

Tuesday, March 17, 1 pm CT
Register here.

For decades pharmaceutical companies have had to choose the health of patients over the health of the planet. Providing access to drugs around the world typically means an excess of temperature-controlled packaging such as Styrofoam. However, this packaging is also one of the most toxic for the environment.

In our webinar, learn how to overcome that challenge by choosing sustainability without having to compromise compliance or patient health. This webinar explores:

  • Why pharmaceutical packaging is a growing concern
  • The challenges of pharmaceutical/biopharma packaging
  • How pharma and biopharma can develop more sustainable packaging lines and the benefits
  • New materials that help get products to patients safely while lowering their carbon footprint

Recycling Is More Complicated Than It Used To Be

Read the full story from Wisconsin Public Radio.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

It seems like such a simple concept — one that’s been around since the 1970s when Americans started embracing the need to do something different with the growing amount of garbage that was being collected.

But recycling has changed since the ’70s, and Paula Doherty from Monona wanted to know how things are recycled and where they go in Wisconsin, so she asked WPR’s WHYsconsin a series of questions about recycling in the Badger state.

Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?

Read the full story from Sustainable Brands.

While the concept of a circular economy has made its way into the public consciousness; unfortunately, as of 2018, circularity globally is only at 9%. In order for circularity to deliver on its potential in this decade, we’ll need to see more of the following …

Report: Value of curbside materials drops 66% in two years

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

To quickly grasp the struggles facing American curbside recycling programs, one can follow the money – or lack thereof. In July 2017, a ton of recyclables was worth over $90. In October 2019, it was worth $30. That’s according to new research from The Recycling Partnership.

The impact of that pricing plunge on municipal recycling programs is among the topics explored in The Recycling Partnership’s “2020 State of Curbside” report, which was released today.

The national nonprofit group’s 76-page analysis also provides updated data on curbside access, resident participation, contamination, markets, investment opportunities and more.

The quickly disappearing corrugated box: How packaging is changing

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Manufacturers set their sights on packaging as a means to reduce waste, improve sustainability and lower shipping costs.

What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

Read the full story at Massive Science.

In the era of GMO crops, farmers can learn old lessons of diversity.

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