Category: Recycling

Chemical recycling leaders tout circular economy role at SERDC meeting

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Chemical recycling, sometimes known as advanced recycling, has long been a controversial practice in the recycling arena. At the Southeast Recycling Development Council annual meeting Dec. 1, representatives from Eastman and PureCycle, two companies that do chemical recycling, made the case for how their businesses fit into broader circular economy efforts to reduce virgin plastic use and keep waste out of landfills and waterways. 

Their effort comes amid ongoing state and federal policy discussions that could help or hinder the future development of chemical recycling. Some environmentalists want to pause chemical recycling facilities over concerns that the processes they use are harmful to the environment or enable companies to create fuels from plastic instead of focusing on how to replace virgin resin with recycled resin. Here are some takeaways from the discussion.

SWANA releases report analyzing costs of Recycle Right programs

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The Solid Waste National Association (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has released a report analyzing “recycle right” programs, their financial impacts on local governments and their effectiveness. The report, “Encouraging Better Curbside Recycling Behaviors,” follows the Applied Research Foundation’s (ARF) report released in March, “Reducing Contamination in Curbside Recycling Programs,” which addressed curbside recycling contamination.

Creating a market for construction & demolition fines

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Canada-based Sanexen creates valuable end markets for C&D fines through the development of a first-of-its-kind recovery plant.

PCX plastic recycling credits coming to the US

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PepsiCo, Unilever and other multinationals have been participants in the Plastic Credit Exchange plastic credits system.

Recycling silicon waste to make new lithium-ion battery anodes

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An article published in the journal Materials Today Nano describes a novel approach of preparing composite materials to be used in next-generation lithium-ion batteries. The authors present an ingenious solution of utilizing silicon cutting waste powder by developing nanoporous composites of silicon which can then be used to manufacture high discharge capacity lithium-ion anodes with significant cycling performance.

American Battery approved to build battery recycling facility in Nevada

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The facility will include a battery recycling building, an office building with laboratories, and a finished goods warehouse.

The EPA wants to fix US recycling. Start by making it simpler.

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Geoff Freeman, who leads the Consumer Brands Association, makes the case that standardizing definitions is key to improving both packaging design and education to reduce contamination.

Recycled Material Standard launches to advance the use of recycled plastics

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The standard is a voluntary, market-based framework to ensure consistent labeling of products that contain or support certified recycled plastic.

EPA’s 2030 recycling strategy turns focus to circular economy and environmental justice

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The long-awaited master plan focuses on steps to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, but regulators promise it’s just “part one” of a larger effort to tackle climate change on a higher level.

Don’t throw away your old bras — donate them to these organizations

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About 85 percent of textiles produced in the U.S. end up in landfills on an annual basis, and one of the more ubiquitous landfill finds happen to be bras. Oftentimes, people feel uncomfortable donating such private pieces of clothing for someone else to wear; however, most bras are made of synthetic fibers, and could take tens to hundreds of years to fully biodegrade. Therefore, finding a proper bra disposal method is absolutely crucial.

Tossing bras in the trash or recycling bin definitely isn’t the way to go, but luckily, there are several organizations that take old brassieres for reuse and recycling purposes. You can donate your bras to the following awesome organizations.

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