Lawsuit takes aim at Walmart’s plastic recycling labels

Read the full story at Resource Recycling.

Environmental activist group Greenpeace this week accused Walmart of falsely labeling items as recyclable and asked a California court to compel the retailer to stop making the claims.

The Dec. 14 lawsuit is focused on Walmart’s recycling labels for packaging made from plastics Nos. 3-7, laying out the relatively low processing capacity for these 3-7 plastics.

The lawsuit includes as examples applesauce and yogurt cups made from 3-7 plastics (the complaint doesn’t specifically identify the resin). The lawsuit takes issue with the How2Recycle labels on the products, labels that identify the packaging as either recyclable with certain instructions, or recyclable depending on local regulations.

Greenpeace says these claims are leading consumers to believe products will be recycled, despite low capacity to recycle these materials in the U.S.

California recycling commission report urges major changes, with many policy implications

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

To get California back on track toward its environmental goals, a commission of industry experts recently recommended 19 actions around infrastructure, contamination, producer responsibility and more.

Will my exposure to ‘forever chemicals’ make the Covid-19 vaccine less effective?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

There is growing evidence that people with high exposure to PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are less protected by vaccines.

BlackRock Chief Pushes a Big New Climate Goal for the Corporate World

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Site stabilized, EPA hands off ‘green ooze’ cleanup to state environmental agency

Read the full story in the Detroit News.

A representative for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it had completed its emergency response to groundwater contamination at the former Electro-Plating Services, having spent $3.1 million, and will pass oversight on to state officials.

“Our goal was to stabilize the site … and return the site to EGLE for long-term remediation,” said Tricia Edwards of the EPA during an online update, referring to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. She discussed over a year’s work at a “very complicated site.” 

Edwards said weekly monitoring for hazardous chemicals at the Madison Height site in recent months showed “no imminent threat to humans or the environment.”

Draft PFAS Chemical Action Plan In Washington State

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The Washington state Departments of Ecology and Health collaborate to develop chemical action plans (CAPs) that assess the environmental and health impacts of a chemical or class of chemicals, and recommend strategies to reduce or eliminate those impacts. In October 2020, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) released a Draft CAP, prepared with the Department of Health, that recommended actions to address a broad range of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — synthetic chemicals used in firefighting foam and many consumer products, including food wrappers, fabrics, and carpets. Among the actions in the draft CAP are to provide technical support for PFAS site characterization, source investigation, and mitigation when PFAS are discovered in soil and water above levels of health concern; establish PFAS cleanup levels for soil and groundwater; work to prevent PFAS releases from firefighting foam use and manufacturing; understand and manage PFAS in waste; and reduce PFAS exposure from carpet and rugs, stain and water resistance treatments, and leather and textile furnishings.

DNR orders new plan to stop spread of PFAS at Madison airport after experimental treatment fails

Read the full story from the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Department of Natural Resources says an experimental technology has failed to keep so-called “forever chemicals” from the Madison airport out of Madison’s lakes and streams, but county officials say they need more time to test it.

In May, after tests showed stormwater from the airport contained high levels of hazardous PFAS compounds, Dane County announced plans to test a system of booms and “bioavailable absorbent media” — also known as BAM — to treat water draining into Starkweather Creek.

In letters sent Thursday to city and county officials, the DNR said the treatment “has not proven to be successful in reducing PFAS concentrations” in water from the outfall.

EU mulling trade barriers for unsustainable food imports: ‘The EU alone will not save the planet’

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The EU is working to clean up its own food supply chain, from farm to fork. But is this enough? MEPs raise concerns that accepting imports of unsustainable agri-food products is ‘inconsistent’ and ‘unethical’.

Helping Consumers Change the World When They Shop

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Researchers at North Carolina State University are launching an initiative aimed at improving working conditions in clothing factories on a global scale. The project hopes to help workers by developing and marketing a tool that lets apparel shoppers know how items of clothing were made.

Plant-based diets the ‘least favoured solution to climate change’, according to UN poll

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The largest ever opinion poll on climate change has discovered almost two thirds of people around the world now view the issue as a ‘global emergency’. However, for most, switching to plant-based eating is not their desired answer.