Recycling nylon is good for the planet – so why don’t more companies do it?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

US brands are increasingly turning to recycled nylon to make everything from outerwear to skateboards.

Hennepin County studies waste habits to turn more trash into treasure

Read the full story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Hennepin County is digging through your trash.

A handful of men and women in hard hats and jumpsuits are sorting almost two tons of garbage in a downtown Minneapolis warehouse. The stink wafts from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center’s tipping floor and is nauseating behind closed doors, but they’ve gotten used to it.

The sort is part of a weeklong study to figure out what people are throwing away. Or more importantly, how we can throw away less and recycle more.

Webinar: Waste Reduction and Recycling – Making the Right Choices

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 9:00-10:00 AM CDT
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Recycling and waste reduction is not just about dumpster dives and weights anymore. The now “holistic approach” includes an assessment of the material stream. Programs are changing as material choices, commodity markets, goals and customer expectations are being challenged. A culture of sustainability is about the choices up front that influence the end result. How can “change” including a different way of thinking and collaborative solutions affect your recycling and waste program?

This webinar is geared towards small business leaders and professionals who are interested in developing or improving their organization’s current waste reduction and recycling programs.

Betsy Hernandez, Environment Engineer in the Steelcase Global Environmental Performance Department. Steelcase, Inc.

How to Increase Automotive Plastics Recycling

Read the full story from Environmental Leader.

Automotive Recycling: Devalued is now Revalued says the opportunities for recycled plastics in cars are abundant. Each year in the US, about 12 million to 15 million vehicles are scrapped with an increasing amount of those vehicles comprised of more and more plastic components and parts. Recycling of post-industrial plastics from cars is already happening at automotive plants, as manufacturers have become leaders in managing their scrap to reduce waste.

‘Freeriding’ B.C. newspapers costing recycling program millions

Read the full story from CBC News.

The province is warning B.C.’s major newspapers to get in line, after they failed to contribute an estimated $16 million in fees to the province’s new recycling program.

Documents obtained by CBC News show three publishers representing The Vancouver Sun and The Province and two community newspaper groups — Black Press and Glacier Media — all received warning letters from the Ministry of Environment late last year, demanding they comply with B.C.’s new regulations.

The rules, which came into effect, May 19, 2014, require the producers of all packaging and printed paper (PPP) in B.C. to pay for the cost of recycling the products they sell consumers.

The aim of the program is to shift the cost from taxpayers to producers. Similar programs are also in effect in four other provinces.

The rules give producers two options: join the umbrella organization called Multi Material B.C. and pay an annual fee or set up their own collection and recycling system.

Webinar: Effective Outreach to Drive Recycling & Reuse Behavior

Tue, Apr 19, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
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Successful recycling and waste reduction programs require education to make sure people know what to do and communicate a reason to participate. Getting results from your outreach efforts, however, requires thoughtful planning and an understanding of what will influence student and staff behavior. This program will feature a primer on behavior change principles by a recognized leader in community based social marketing, followed by two case studies from universities that have incorporated behavior change strategies into their outreach programs. Program examples will include using before and after waste audits combined with targeted education to reduce contamination, and a case study on a refillable water bottle campaign that featured a marketing campaign with pledging and incentive components.


  • Jennifer Tabanico, Action Research
  • Delicia Nahman, Lehigh University
  • Katharine Targett, Lehigh University
  • Jamie Adams, SUNY Oswego