TreeZero Recycling updates

Despite China’s National Sword, US PET recycling rate improves in 2017

by Don Loepp 

Despite a drop in exports that may be blamed on China’s National Sword policy, the U.S. PET recycling rate improved slightly in 2017. The rate hit 29.2 percent in 2017, up from 28.4 percent in 2016, according to a report released Nov. 15 by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers. Domestic recyclers and exporters took in a total of 1.72 billion pounds of post-consumer PET in 2017, which compares to the total volume of PET resin used in bottles of 5.91 billion pounds. Export volumes declined to 16 percent of total collection, the result of China’s stricter policy for imports of plastic waste. But the growing U.S. domestic market more than made up for the difference. U.S. and Canadian plastics processors used 1.57 billion pounds of recycled PET in 2017, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year. Fiber, strapping and thermoformed products/sheet all posted increases, while recycled PET use in bottles dropped.



Startups targeting food waste reduction raise $125 million this year

by Cathy Siegner

According to a report from ReFED. ReFED is a collaboration of more than 50 business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing food waste. Foundation grants for food waste reduction groups hit $134 million from January through September 2016, a 70% jump over five years, ReFED reported.



A true/false quiz on preventing food waste during the holidays

A staggering amount of food is wasted every year. Here with a fun quiz on ways to minimize your wasted food is Olivia Horwitz, Ecofellow from the Center for Ecotechnology.



How to Reduce Food Waste over the Holidays [VIDEO]

NFRA’s “No Taste for Waste” Video Demonstrates How Buying Frozen Foods Can Help…and Save You Money.



Recycling 101: No Plastic Bags in the Recycling. No Bagged Recyclables

Did you know that plastic bags don’t belong in your recycling container? Did you know that plastic bags should be returned to a grocer or retail outlet to be safely recycled? Did you know that plastic bags not only prevent items from being recycled, but also damage recycling equipment and even create a hazard for recycling workers? That’s why Waste Management is striving to increase the recycling IQ of both residents and businesses. Do your part by learning more about how to keep plastic bags out of your recycling and sharing with others. We need your help to Recycle Often. Recycle Right.®


Radio – What Do We Get Wrong About Recycling?


How has America’s attitude toward recycling changed over the years? What more can be done to educate and empower people to start recycling or improve the status quo? Experts on the forefront of recycling efforts in Texas – from Keep Texas Beautiful, The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, and the City of San Antonio – speak to “The Source” on National Recycling Day, Thursday at noon.



Video How to keep recycling from turning into ‘wishcycling’

The impact of recycling is being undercut by materials not being sorted properly, which drives up the cost to process them and makes the contents useless. Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership, called the issue “wishcycling,” and it makes recycling loads impossible to process and resell.



New Beyond 34 Recycling Improvement Projects Launched in Orlando

Scott Breen

The goal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a new Economy (Beyond 34) is to move the United States beyond its current 34 percent recycling rate. To achieve that goal, USCCF developed a collaborative, data-driven model that it applies directly to local regions, or communities learn from and apply on their own—with the hope that in the aggregate the result of all these communities utilizing the Beyond 34 model increases the country’s recycling rate beyond 34 percent. USSCF announced in September 2017 that it would pilot the Beyond 34 model in the Orlando region and has been working in the region since then. Thanks to the generous support of The Dow Chemical Company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and The Coca-Cola Company, USCCF has engaged a number of implementation partners to conduct more than $100,000 worth of prioritized projects to increase recycling in the Orlando region, some likely to commence before the end of the year. These projects embody a variety of mechanisms to improve recycling, including coordinated education campaigns, increased commercial recycling, and reduced contamination.



E-Commerce Mogul Amazon Launches “Second Chance” to Promote Sustainability

By: Sarmad Masood 

International E-commerce Mogul Amazon has launched a new portal which is called “Second Chance,” The concept behind the Second Chance portal is to compile information on how to recycle, repair and return electronic devices. Amazon is calling it a “one-stop shop” where people will be able to learn how to responsibly get rid of old gadgets. You can visit Second Chance to find out how much you can get if you trade your devices in and to learn how to start the process. The platform will inquire if your device still holds a charge or if the device is broken before offering you a quote. Don’t expect to make hundreds of dollars from these trades but what you will get is nifty amazon gift cards and a 25% discount on Alexa purchases. Second Chance also provides the service of finding repair options for broken devices. For devices that are broken beyond repair Second Chance will instruct you on how to get Amazon to take your broken gadgets and recycle them. The initiative also encourages clients to purchase refurbished gadgets at a discount price.



Turn trash into toys with this maker kit for kids

by Adele Peters

A new kit of parts for children doesn’t come with any instructions. But the kit–with 64 small connectors, wheels, and other parts–is designed to turn water bottles, juice boxes, and other items that might otherwise end up in the trash into toys.



Why Procter & Gamble will start delivering Tide in a shoe box

By Nathaniel Meyersohn

Tide laundry detergent will soon be shipped in a shoe box, part of its parent company Procter & Gamble’s push to adapt to online deliveries. P&G rolled out the new “Tide Eco-Box” on Friday. It features a twist-to-open pour for the detergent, a pull-out stand, and a measuring cup. The liquid formula, which contains less water than normal Tide, comes in a sealed bag. The version uses 60% less plastic than shipping an equivalent 150 ounce bottle of Tide since it doesn’t require additional layers of cardboard boxing or bubble wrap. It’s lighter and takes up less space in a delivery truck—saving P&G money on shipping costs.