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Inside Clean Energy: Here Come the Battery Recyclers

By Dan Gearino

The battery economy is booming, and with it a recycling industry is bracing itself for a wave of battery waste.Battery Resourcers of Worcester, Massachusetts, said last week that it is planning to build a plant in Georgia that will be capable of recycling 30,000 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries per year. It will be the largest battery recycling plant in North America when it opens later this year.

01/13/22
                                                               

DOE Invests $13.4 Million to Combat Plastic Waste, Reduce Plastic Industry Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $13.4 million in funding for next generation plastics technologies that reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics. The seven selected research and development (R&D) projects — led by industry and universities — will convert plastic films into more valuable materials and design new plastics that are more recyclable and biodegradable. This investment advances DOE’s work to address the challenges of plastic waste recycling and supports the Biden Administration’s efforts to build a clean energy economy and ensure the U.S. reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

01/11/22
                                                               

California’s new composting law starts Jan. 1. How to recycle your food scraps

By Karen Garcia Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Starting Jan. 1, instead of throwing that container of fuzzy strawberries into the trash, a new law will require Californians to recycle their food scraps and other leftovers.

12/30/21
                                                               

5-Step Guide to Treecycling

By Trey Granger

Christmas is over and the tree may be starting to look a little sad. But how do you dispose of the tree? Christmas tree recycling, or treecycling, is the responsible way to dispose of cut live trees at the end of the holiday season.

12/30/21
                                                               

By 2028, Ikea Will Phase Out Plastic from All Consumer Packaging

By Leon Kaye

Yes, many of us have long snickered at the very thought of Ikea furniture and products – as this recent parody bit of John Oliver in this recent Saturday Night Live skit sums up. Of course, many of the snickering among us also shop at Ikea knowing the chances of running into anyone we know in those mazes disguised as retail showrooms are very low.

11/23/21
                                                               

Big Brands Stoke Cement Kilns With Plastic Waste As Recycling Falters

By Joe Brock and others Photo: Willy Kurniawan , Reuters

The global consumer goods industry’s plans for dealing with the vast plastic waste it generates can be seen here in a landfill on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital, where a swarm of excavators tears into stinking mountains of garbage.

10/28/21
                                                               

ExxonMobil to Build its First Large-Scale Plastic Waste Advanced Recycling Facility

By Emily Holbrook Photo: Pixabay

ExxonMobil plans to build its first, large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, and is expected to start operations by year-end 2022. By recycling plastic waste back into raw materials that can be used to make plastic and other valuable products, the technology could help address the challenge of plastic waste in the environment. A smaller, temporary facility is already operational and producing commercial volumes of certified circular polymers that will be marketed by the end of this year to meet growing demand.

10/11/21
                                                               

Reusable Packaging Is the Latest Eco-Friendly Trend

By Jamie Ducharme Photo: Getty Images

When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. According to the World Economic Forum, just 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally. And because of complexities in the recycling process, huge amounts of single-use plastic (as well as glass and cardboard) that consumers try to recycle ultimately end up getting burned or tossed into landfills anyway.

09/28/21
                                                               

Maine Is a Trailblazer in Holding Companies Accountable for Recycling Packaging Waste

By David M. Kuchta Photo: Anton Petrus / Getty Images

This summer, Maine became the first state in the U.S. to enact an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging law, which requires companies that produce packaging waste to help pay for the costs of its recycling and disposal. Less than a month later, Oregon followed suit. Similar bills are under consideration in several other states.

09/20/21
                                                               

Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here’s How It Works.

By Winston Choi-Schagrin Photo: Leon Werdinger/Alamy

Recycling, that feel-good moment when people put their paper and plastic in special bins, was a headache for municipal governments even in good times. And, only a small amount was actually getting recycled.

07/21/21