Category: Sustainable materials management

Renewable Energy Equipment Recover-Reuse Program: Wind Turbine Material Management

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Beginning in 2021, the Wind Turbine Materials Management Team in ISTC’s Renewable Energy Equipment Recover-Reuse Program is coordinating a group of experts across various sectors in wind energy and waste management to evaluate waste management concerns related to wind energy development in Illinois. The intent of this focus area of the Program is to develop technical and logistical recommendations for end-of-life wind energy materials management in Illinois and other utility-scale wind states in the Midwest.

Webinar: Material Characterization and Economic Impacts of Recycling – 2020 Reports

Feb 25, 2021, 1-2 pm CST
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In 2018, the United States generated more than 292 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW). Measuring waste generation and how it is managed characterizes the national waste stream and is an important foundation for managing materials.

This webinar is divided in to two sections. The first part will present the latest information reported in EPA’s most recent Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM): Facts and Figures 2018 report. EPA will present on trends in U.S. materials generation, including recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The 2018 report also included measurement of new food management options and new data on construction and demolition debris management.

The second part of the webinar will cover economic indicators and trend data such as personal consumer expenditures, commodity values and tipping fees included in the latest Recycling Economic Information (REI) report. This report examined the larger economic implications of material reuse and recycling. EPA staff will take a deeper dive into those economic impacts and discuss the finding that recycling not only conserves resources and protects the environment, but is also an engine of growth in the U.S. economy. Recycling contributes to jobs, wages and government tax revenue by tapping into a domestic source of materials and supporting businesses and consumers to sustainably recover discarded materials.

EPA Tools & Resources Webinar: Materials Management Wizard (MWiz)

Wednesday 07/15/2020, 2-3 pm CDT
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As our economy grows, so does our use of materials. Sustainable materials management is a systems approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifetime. By using this approach, we can find new ways to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and cut costs. EPA has hundreds of reports, tools, and other resources that can help with sustainable use of materials on our websites, but it’s not always easy to know which are the most relevant. Finding the information you need to put sustainable materials management into practice can be hard.

The Materials Management Wizard (MWiz) is a self-guided, interactive web application that connects communities to EPA Sustainable Materials Management resources. MWiz provides users with a customized list of EPA resources that are tailored to their specific needs and interests. This webinar will provide an overview of MWiz, including guided examples on how to use it.

L’Oréal Makes New Sustainability Commitments for 2030

Read the full story at Harper’s Bazaar.

L’Oréal – the largest cosmetic company in the world – has revealed its efforts to become fully sustainable by 2030, an announcement that could signal a move towards greater environmental accountability for the whole beauty industry.

Dubbed ‘L’Oréal For The Future’, the company’s new sustainability programme is integral to its plans for evolution over the next decade and applies to all of the brands currently owned by the group, including LancômeArmani and Garnier.

Webinar: Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance

April 23, 2020, noon-1 pm
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This webinar introduces EPA’s SMM Prioritization Tools. These life cycle-based tools offer a starting place for governments, trade associations, NGOs, companies, small enterprises, and other organizations to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus their limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration. Currently there are two tools: A National Tool and an Organization Tool. The National Tool provides a big picture view of sustainability in the United States for those with a national focus, such as government, trade associations and NGOs. The Organizational Tool provides quick sustainability snapshots for organizations such as companies, small enterprises and their sustainability and procurement staff.

The SMM Prioritization Tools generate dynamic charts that present over 10 million data points from a fully transparent, open and freely available life cycle model created by EPA. These charts provide insights across more than 20 environmental, social and economic indicators for over 390 categories of goods and services in the United States. They can be a great starting point when developing sustainability initiatives. All data used by the Tools are publicly available.

EPA proposes yet another cut to waste minimization and recycling budget

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The Trump administration’s proposed budget would add new grant programs, but significantly shrink sustainable materials management funding.

Community Materials Management Toolkit

This toolkit from the Nebraska Recycling Council provides links to resources to help communities overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program. The toolkit is divided into 22 topics, all related to sustainable materials management.

EREF Expands into Sustainable Materials Management Space

Read the full story at Waste360.

The foundation will now directly manage relationships with all participants in the circular economy including manufacturers, brands, consumers and the waste industry.

Metro Vancouver aiming to divert more waste from landfills, sell waste

Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun.

Metro Vancouver is taking steps to further reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills by trying to find commercial uses for waste.

That includes seeing if the regional district can turn into fuel the wood waste dumped at transfer stations by small vehicles such as pickup trucks, which comes from activities such as yard cleanups or small house renovations.

One possibility is selling the wood as a fuel to cement plants.

Kent County, Mich., Approves Sustainable Business Park Master Plan

Read the full story at Waste360.

The Kent County, Mich., Board of Public Works approved the Sustainable Business Park Master Plan for 250 acres adjacent to the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center. The master plan was created by local and national experts over the course of 12 months and includes details on the necessary improvements, costs, funding sources and implementation schedule for the project…

The master plan includes recommendations for how Kent County can transition from a reliance upon disposal of trash in landfills toward a sustainable materials management system where waste materials are either reused in new production processes or products or used in the production of energy.

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