This week in recycling news

SC Johnson Accelerates Progress Boosting Plastic Recycling and Reuse

SC Johnson is announcing a series of commitments to further reduce its own plastic footprint, by boosting recycled plastic content in its packaging, supporting reuse of plastic bottles through concentrated refills, and launching an effort to make Ziploc® bags recyclable at curbside.



HP Inc. and IKEA Join Initiative to Develop First Global Network of Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chains

NextWave Member companies are committed to having maximum impact today and currently are on track, in alignment with UN SDG 14.1, to have diverted a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastics, the equivalent to 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles, from entering the ocean by the end of the year 2025. There is currently more than 86 million tonnes of plastic in our ocean. And each year, up to 12 million tonnes of new plastic will enter the ocean. Given this crisis, NextWave Members are continually looking for ways to have more impact.



These socks and underwear are made from 100% recycled yarn

This small Seattlebased company is trying to change the apparel supply chain, starting with the basics. If you look closely at a pair of Arvin Goods socks, you notice that while they might be green or blue or yellow, it’s not all the same shade all the way through. The tightly knitted threads shift from slightly darker to slightly lighter, almost imperceptibly, throughout the sock.That’s because Arvin Goods doesn’t make its socks from manufactured, uniformly dyed threads. Rather, they compile them from scrap fabrics, sourced from factory cutting-room floors, sorted by colors, and ground up and woven into a new, 100% recycled fiber. The name “Arvin,” comes from an old English and Germanic word meaning “friend of the people.” A pair of socks goes for around $10, and a pack of six boxer briefs goes for $69.



Republic Services CEO says recycling has become a ‘broken’ system

CNBC’s Jane Wells reports from a Republic Services facility on the “broken” recycling business as the commodity value of recyclables drop.



Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste

Ahold Delhaize has teamed up with almost 300 organizations as part of an international effort to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The New Plastics EconomyGlobal Commitment, signed by packaging manufacturers, retailers and recyclers representing 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced worldwide, officially kicked off Oct. 29 at a conference in Bali.




Danone Striving for 100% Circular Packaging by 2025

by Vikas Vij

Danone has committed that by 2025 all its packaging will be designed to be 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable. The company has pledged that it will also develop alternative models to eliminate unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging. At present, 86 percent of Danone’s packaging is circular, and half of its water volumes are sold in reusable packaging. At evian, the company’s bottles are already 100 percent recyclable, and it is working on an innovation to eliminate shrink film for multipacks (which currently is non-recyclable). Danone says the company also is planning to launch alternatives to single-use and plastic packaging in all its major water markets by 2025. It is also evaluating alternative solutions to replace plastic straws through a pilot program to be launched in Indonesia in 2019.



Costa enlists Ogilvy to study consumer behaviour for ‘solutions’ to meet recycling pledge

By John McCarthy

Costa Coffee has embraced Ogilvy UK’s behavioural science unit to help it, and customers, recycle more disposable coffee cups. The findings will be piloted by Heathrow Airport before they are scaled up globally. The Coca-Cola-owned brand has committed to recycling the same volume of cups it puts into the market in a bid to offset its environmental impact – in line with its owner’s stance on recycling. Ogilvy’s research found that more than 7m disposable coffee cups are used each day in the UK, this adds to 2.5bn a year. Ogilvy, Costa, Heathrow Airport and waste management company, Grundon, are researching the behavioural barriers to recycling, and the practical business steps It could take to encourage more. Together they have pledged to recycle 100m takeaway cups in the next year, and 500m cups by 2020. Oliver Rosevear, head of environment at Costa, said: “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to recycle 100m takeaway cups in the next year. To help us recover these cups we need to provide consumers with convenient solutions to cup recycling. We are excited to work with Ogilvy to better understand what effective solutions look like for consumers. Partnering with Heathrow Airport and Grundon offers an amazing opportunity to test what works in a closed environment and to share our findings with the wider industry, which we believe will help increase recycling rates.” Sam Tatam, behavioural strategy director at Ogilvy UK, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to work with Costa Coffee, Heathrow and Grundon to apply behavioural science to help increase recycling rates. The team are excited to be developing a range of innovative behavioural interventions for trial within the airport, with the potential for these to drive significant impacts across the country in the coming months.”



Consumer Goods Industry Moves to Act on Plastic Waste

The Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has today issued a statement calling for the consumer goods industry to play a leading role in eliminating plastic waste on land and sea and endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy vision. The statement was issued ahead of the Our Ocean Conference taking place in Bali, Indonesia this week, where Emmanuel Faber, Danone Chairman & CEO and CGF Board member, will emphasise the important role industry can and should play to address plastic waste. The full statement is below: “As the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum, we recognise the pressing need for our industry to play a leading role in tackling the issue of plastic waste. We are committed to implementing pre-competitive, collaborative actions with the aim of eliminating plastic waste on land and sea. “We recognise that the plastic waste challenge will only be solved by global collaboration between companies, national and local governments, multi-national organisations, the recycling industry and consumers. Consequently, the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy vision of a circular economy where no plastic ends up as waste.



Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. “We will introduce a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which contains less than 30 percent recycled plastic transforming the economics of sustainable packaging,” Hammond announced as part of his annual budget. “The tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of packaging which in turn will create greater demand for this material,” the Treasury said, following Hammond’s announcement.



Sustainability in Packaging Materials

Sealed Air Corporation has announced a sustainability and plastics pledge to design its packaging solutions to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company will accelerate its use of recycled materials, expand reuse models for packaging and lead the collaboration with partners worldwide to ensure execution.



Recycle your HP packaging in the UK

We are working to replace hard to recycle materials with more easily recycled substitutes. While all HP packaging materials are capable of being recycled, this is only possible where appropriate collection and recycling infrastructure is in place. We therefore take ease of curbside recyclability into account when selecting packaging materials. If you need help recycling your packaging, please fill out the form completely so that we may properly assist you. The fields indicated with an asterisk (*) are required. (Please send only non-confidential, nonproprietary information.) Either HP or our contracted recycler will respond with more information about recycling your HP packaging.




Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle vow to cut all plastic waste in bid to tackle ocean pollution

Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle are among 250 major brands pledging to cut all plastic waste from their operations – a move described by the UN as the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. The commitment comes as public pressure mounts on manufacturers and retailers to reduce the avalanche of plastic packaging clogging landfills and choking the oceans. The signatories have promised to eliminate all single-use plastics, and to invest in new technology so all packaging can be recycled by 2025. The initiative is the result of a partnership between The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Erik Solheim, executive director of UNEP, described the commitment as “the most ambitious set of targets we have seen yet in the fight to beat plastics pollution.” “We are focused on improving the sustainability of all of our packaging, regardless of the type, and increasing the amount of recycled and renewable material,” said Ben Jordan, senior director of environmental policy at Coca-Cola.



Darling Ingredients (DAR) uses larvae, or specifically dried black soldier fly larvae, to produce oil, animal feed and other products

Darling converts recycled animal fats and oils used in cooking into feed and fuel ingredients, such as biodiesel. Even residual bakery products can be turned into feed ingredients. The Irving, Texas-based company also acts as an environmental cleanup provider, with grease collection and disposal for food service firms.