Weekly recycling updates


old electronic devices, will be recycled, with the gold, silver and bronze recovered and turned into Olympic medals for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. https://bit.ly/2AsnbLs



Survey finds 94 percent of Americans  waste food at home, but simple changes can help

The survey found the top reason for throwing away food at home is that it’s past its expiration date, while 60 percent have tossed food because they didn’t think it was safe to eat. https://bit.ly/2TP7APd



Like to Jog? Hate Litter? Do Both!

Many athletes have been doing it for a long time without even knowing it is now a fitness trend. It’s called plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up. And what is being picked up is trash. The Swedes are credited with starting the trend and now it’s spreading in the United States. https://bit.ly/2Q1AtJx


How is litter affecting the UK’s animal population?

In a recent study, Keep Britain Tidy estimated that 2.9 million small mammals – like shrews, hedgehogs and voles – are dying each year getting stuck in bottles and cans thrown onto grassland and parks.



Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings

by Adele Peters 

Corona will now be the first global beer brand to pilot the new plastic-free rings, beginning in small tests in Mexico and the U.K. next year. “We’re at that moment in time when the consumer is ready, and you have the writing on the wall that you have to do away with plastic,” says Marco Vega, cofounder of We Believers, the creative agency that spun out a startup called E6PR (“eco six-pack ring”) to produce the new product. “I think Corona saw that.” https://bit.ly/2PdxVTH



Denver Expands Recycling To Include Paper Cups

Customers in Denver will soon receive information about how to recycle those cups. The change is expected to help the city reach a goal of increasing its recycling rate from the current 22 percent to 34 percent. https://cbsloc.al/2BM8160



Recycling Research Foundation 2018 scholarship

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced Kyle Syndergaard as the recipient of its 2018 national scholarship. The scholarship awards $5,000 to an individual seeking a graduate degree in a field that supports the scrap processing and recycling industry, according to a recent news release. A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Syndergaard attended Brigham Young University where he studied mechanical engineering. After graduation, he pursued a short career in the agricultural equipment business. Over the last 10 years, RRF has offered scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students and has overseen much needed research into the science and technology involved with recycling. https://bit.ly/2AAGXEM


New bioplastic packaging could help prevent food waste

Researchers from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have designed and produced a biodegradable plastic packaging that could help curb the problem of food waste. The product, which is called Plasticor, reveals the quality of the food and changes colour when the content is not suitable for consumption. According to the researchers the packaging’s ability to change colour is a better way to manage food consumption by giving consumers the ability to prioritise foods that are closer to expiration. It is also ensures the reliability of expired foods that can still be consumed safely. While common plastics can take up to five centuries to degrade, students estimate that Plasticor degrades in six months. https://bit.ly/2FUdDPp



Coca-Cola to continue investing in 2019 and advising on DRS

Leendert den Hollander, general manager, CCEP Great Britain Business Unit, said the company would continue investing in the business, as ‘growth fuels growth’. CCEP said it had achieved a 54% reduction in carbon footprint since 2010, and was continuing to trial bottles using 50% recycled plastic material. Nick Brown, head of sustainability at CCEP, said consumers do not always know what can be recycled, and so more on–pack massaging was required. He said the UK needs a workable DRS system and was glad both the Scottish parliament as well as Westminster were looking at that, as well how to reform the waste collection system. https://bit.ly/2Q1kk6Z



Where Does NYU’s Recycling Go?

by Justin Pilgreen

Action Carting Environmental Services’ Material Recovery Facility (MRF). While a majority of NYU’s waste is sent to the company’s facility in New Jersey, the non-paper recycling is sent to the Bronx for more precise sorting, which decreases the amount of waste that goes to landfills. NYU has initiated a number of university-wide policies in an effort address to climate change, including its long term goal to become climate neutral by 2040. The Office of Sustainability has been working to draw students into the university’s efforts with initiatives such as Zero Waste Week earlier this month. The week consisted of events and programs such as encouraging students to carry their own trash around for the duration of the week to make them aware of how much waste they generate.



China: More Materials Banned at Year’s End

by Colin Staub 

The April announcement described a phased-in ban, noting that starting next year, post-industrial plastic and a variety of scrap metals and slag would be prohibited, and the following year the ban would cover scrap stainless steel, a handful of other metals and scrap wood. But in last week’s announcement, the government said it will ban those materials all at once beginning Dec. 31, 2018. The ban does not include OCC or any other recovered fiber, indicating paper grades other than mixed paper can still flow into China for the foreseeable future. There’s also no mention of the all-encompassing ban on solid waste imports, which the government hinted at during the summer. https://bit.ly/2QoOm4b



Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Enters a Supply Agreement With Loop Industries to Purchase 100% Recycled PET

CCEP is making a new strategic investment to purchase from Loop Industries a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles. Ron Lewis, Chief Supply Chain Officer, CCEP, said: “This is an important investment as it directly supports our sustainability action plan, This is Forward. As part of This is Forward, we’ve committed to ensuring that at least 50% of the material we use for our PET bottles comes from recycled plastic by 2025. This is part of a holistic strategy focused on creating a more circular packaging economy.” CCEP expects to be using Loop rPET in its product packaging by early 2020, and it supports the Coca-Cola System’s global vision to work toward a World Without Waste. Loop is a provider of enhanced recycling technology that makes available new sources of high quality rPET, which previously could not be used due to colorant or other recyclability obstacles. For more information on the announcement, please see the Loop press release here. https://bit.ly/2RnLpOh



Dockless scooters are the litter of future

While scooter companies provide guidance about where their scooters should be left, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of penalties for leaving them elsewhere. https://bit.ly/2Q850FA



The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) ranks 67 countries on food system sustainability

It is a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model constructed from 38 indicators and 90 individual metrics that measure the sustainability of food systems across three categories: Food Loss and Waste, Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional Challenges. The index has three key types of performance indicators – environmental, societal and economic. http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/country-ranking/