Pulling iron out of waste printer toner

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Someday, left-over toner in discarded printer cartridges could have a second life as bridge or building components instead of as trash, wasting away in landfills and potentially harming the environment. One group reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that they have devised a method to recycle the residual powder in “empty” cartridges into iron using temperatures that are compatible with existing industrial processes.

How the 1970s Created Recycling As We Know It

Read the full story in Scientific American.

Before the advent of recycling programs, writes Sarah Goodyear for CityLab, “the vast majority of households sent 100 percent of their waste to landfills.” That’s not to say that previous generations didn’t recycle, but the curbside programs and bottle deposits (not to mention the circular arrow logo) associated with recycling today are all associated with the 1970s and 1980s.

MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic

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Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study.

Post-consumer bottle recycling drops for nearly all materials in US

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For the second consecutive week, a new postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report shows falling numbers in the United States.

The latest report, jointly released by the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Plastic Recyclers, shows recycling fell by 2.4 percent in 2016 to about 2.9 billion pounds.

Artist, fashion designer to make water bottles from Flint into clothing

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Artist Mel Chin is hoping to turn something that’s become a daily annoyance for Flint residents into something that can be used for good.

The Houston, Texas native turned conceptual artist has teamed up with fashion designer Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City as part of his Flint Fit project that will turn water bottles from the city into raincoats, swimwear and other articles of clothing.

Technology Makes Prosthetic Industry Ripe For Evolution

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The prosthetics industry is “ready to evolve” to become more sustainable and open sourced according to Sydney startup RePurpose For Good.

Are the packaging wars coming to California?

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The state of California potentially is embarking on a mandatory comprehensive program to address packaging waste. This is in line with what some other national, regional and local governments are considering for their respective jurisdictions. The European Union, many Canadian provinces, China, India and the state of Connecticut — to name just a few — have adopted regulatory programs to manage and reduce packaging waste.

Retailers and manufacturers are also playing an important role by seeking to replace excessive packaging with more lightweight, less expensive and reusable packaging designs. Many manufacturers and retailers are working cooperatively — and voluntarily — with government and other stakeholders to minimize the impacts of packaging waste.