Day: December 17, 2020

Building Sustainable Communities Through Local Action Amid a Pandemic

Read the full commentary at Waste360.

COVID-19 has underscored the importance of timely supply, distribution and collection of recycled materials. Many recycling systems were shut for periods of 2020, resulting in shortages. Several communities across the U.S. declared recycling and waste collection as “essential services.” Protection of the recycling supply chain has proven to be necessary to ensure a continued supply of goods and services to Americans.

Eight months into the pandemic, the situation we’re in continues to expose the weaknesses in our current collection and processing capability at the local level.

Pepsi to use 100% recycled plastic bottles in nine European markets by 2022

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

PepsiCo will eliminate all virgin plastic from the Pepsi brand in nine European markets: lowering carbon emissions by 40% compared to standard bottles.

University of Illinois offers recycling of single-use masks

The University of Illinois Facilities & Services (F&S) Waste Management department provides campus-wide recycling and waste hauling, with an aim to continuously reduce total the volume of waste being sent to a landfill. The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) sets a vision of Zero Waste for campus, and the State Waste Reduction Plan provides a five year plan for continuing to reduce total landfill waste.

F&S collaborated with TerraCycle this semester to recycle disposable masks across campus. The program is free to university departments and units thanks to Student Sustainability Committee support.

Climate Activists Want Biden To Bar Appointees With Fossil Fuel Ties

Read the full story at NPR.

Climate activists have set a high bar for President-elect Joe Biden’s staff picks, asking that he exclude anyone with ties to fossil fuel industries. They’ve already been disappointed.

Why it’s so hard to recycle coffee cups—and why that’s finally starting to change

Read the full post at Fast Company.

Recycling companies are making a small change to their systems, which could dramatically increase what we’re able to recycle.

Benefits of Cap and Trade Often Elude Communities Hit Hard by Air Pollution

Read the full story at Truthout.

Pollution, poverty, and race collide in many other disadvantaged communities across California — and the country — and some argue that the state’s climate policies haven’t helped. While California has already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 13% since their peak in 2004, many residents still suffer from high levels of air pollution — much of it produced by fossil fuels.

In particular, controversy has dogged California’s cap-and-trade policy, which took effect in 2013 and regulates roughly 450 entities accounting for 85% of California’s emissions. The system works by setting a limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases released by refineries, power plants, and other large emitters, and requires polluters to obtain permits to cover their share. The overall “cap” lowers every year, forcing polluters to reduce their emissions or purchase allowances from others who do.

How women are leading the charge to recycle whole houses

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

From lobbying for changes to city laws to running reuse centers for building supplies, women are dominating the deconstruction industry.

These 3 companies are making the products you use everyday sustainable

Read the full story at TNW.

You may be a recycling freak, have an array of solar panels decorating your roof, and only buy green label clothing — but is there more you could be doing to tackle climate change?’s latest batch of Rise Programme participants are on a mission to help us speed up our transition to a truly sustainable society with cutting edge technology and new eco-friendly solutions.

We caught up with three of this year’s cohorts to find out how they’re bringing sustainability to the next level.

Even corals deep down on the ocean floor can’t escape humanity’s impact

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Climate change, industrial fishing, offshore drilling, and deep sea mining are all threats to life at the bottom of the sea.

BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools

Read the full story in Packaging Today.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched, an interactive hub featuring a searchable collection of sustainable design tools and guides from around the world.

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