14 Million Pounds of Used Batteries in 2016 Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest battery stewardship and recycling organization, today reported that consumers recycled a record-setting 14 million pounds (6.3 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones in collections throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2016. Enhanced accessibility and consumer awareness played a vital role in driving the 12 percent increase in total weight of materials collected and responsibly recycled by the organization over 2015. Read moreJan. 31, 2017
Call2Recycle Announces Collections Increase for 20th Consecutive Year In 2016, we recycled 14 million lbs. (6.3 million kg) of batteries in North America, setting a new program record for the number of batteries diverted from landfill in a year. Read moreJanuary 2017 Spotlight: National Battery Day Coming Feb. 18 Join Call2Recycle to celebrate National Battery Day across the US and Canada during February. What would our lives be like without batteries? Look around you and count how many of the items in your home and office use batteries–from cell phones to tablets to remote controls and power tools. Batteries are a convenient source of portable power for today's electronics. February 18 is the national day to celebrate the important role of the battery in our lives and inspire us to keep them out of the landfill by recycling them. Read moreJanuary 2017
Experts weigh in on top CRT glass issues By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News January 14, 2016 Participants of a webinar this week spoke openly about two particularly contentious issues facing CRT glass management: downstream capacity and manufacturer funding. The webinar, hosted by the Northeast Recycling Council's State Electronics Challenge and meant to serve as an update on the CRT recycling landscape, drew more than 450 listeners and featured presentations from Eric Harris, the associate counsel for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI); Jim Levine, the president of Regency Technologies; and Jason Linnell, the executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER). While noting commodity markets "are the worst we've seen in years," ISRI's Harris told listeners it's the cost of recycling CRTs that's hurting the industry, not capacity constraints. "There simply is a negative cost to do it right," Harris said. "The bottom line is there are ample markets that exist domestically and internationally. It's our assessment that there is unlimited capacity." Read more
EPA Recycling Economic Information (REI) ReportKey Findings of the 2016 REI ReportThe 2016 REI Report includes updated information about the number of recycling jobs, wages, and tax revenue. The report shows that recycling and reuse of materials creates jobs, while also generating local and state tax revenues. The 2016 REI Report used an updated analytical framework and a new Waste Input-Output methodology, which focused on the life cycle of materials. These refinements offered significant improvements over the 2001 REI Study in terms of a better definition of recycling and a reduction in double counting. This new methodology will assist decision makers and researchers in more accurately estimating the economic benefits of recycling and create a foundation upon which additional studies can be built. Read the Full Report here. Dec. 2016
New 2016 E-cycle Report from Wisconsin Read Full Report here Dec. 2016
National recycling rate now at 34.6 percent,By Jared Paben November, 2016The United States' recycling rate notched up slightly in 2014, according to statistics released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read More.
Governor Nixon's Proclamation affirms November 15 as Missouri Recycles Day.
POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE: SW Missouri Recycling Industry Stakeholders Meeting, 11:00-1:00 Sponsored by Service Recycling, Joplin, MO. 3178 Kentucky Avenue, Joplin MO. For more information call 417.434.1692 November, 2016
ISRI, JASON Learning Announce Themes for 2017 Student Recycling Video and Poster Contest National competition aims to raise awareness around breadth of recycling. November, 2016 The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning are teaming up once again to invite young filmmakers, artists, and recycling advocates to participate in a poster and video contest to build recycling awareness. The contest is open to all students living in the United States and enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2016-17 school year. For the poster contest, entrants are challenged to create an original poster that highlights ISRI's role as the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. Students submitting videos can choose between creating a video that illustrates the process and challenges that go along with recycling their chosen “Bigger than the Bin” item into a reusable form, or connecting with a professional working in the recycling industry who is an ISRI member, and interviewing them to learn about their work and career path. Top entries will be used to help educate the public on ISRI’s role as the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, how items are recycled that don’t fit in the traditional blue bin, and careers within the recycling industry. One poster will be selected as a finalist from each of three grade bands: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12; and one video will be selected as a finalist from each of two grade bands: 5-8 and 9-12, with two overall grand-prize winners awarded.
Is Food Waste the Next Frontier for the Circular Economy?November, 2016 As much as half of all food produced in the United States each year is wasted. That quantity has increased 50 percent since 1974 - all while some two billion people go hungry or malnourished each year. Clearly, we have a problem, and it is only getting worse. The UN predicts that the global population will top nine billion by 2050. As the world looks to feed all those extra mouths, the enormous quantity of food that goes wasted - and what to do about it - will become an increasingly urgent problem. Read full story
New Tool Kit available regarding Food in Landfills. Click on the green title link. November, 2016After more than a year of researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and revising, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic recently published Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities. This toolkit provides comprehensive information on eight different policy areas that states and localities can consider as they ramp up efforts to reduce food waste. The toolkit includes recommendations for each of the policy areas, which can be utilized by legislators, advocates, food donors, and food recovery organizations to call for policy changes. Each section of the toolkit describes the relevant federal laws, provides state examples, and offers the Clinic’s policy recommendations. The policy areas addressed in “Keeping Food Out of Landfills” are:Liability Protection for Food Donations;Tax Incentives for Food Donations;Date Labeling;Food Safety for Food Donations;Food Waste Reduction in K-12 Schools;Feeding Food Scraps to Livestock;Organic Waste Bans and Waste Recycling Laws; andGovernment Support for Food Waste Reduction.We hope that many of you will find the recommendations in the toolkit useful to your work, and also to share with your networks. And thank you to the many food waste warriors on this list who provided invaluable insight, ideas and suggestions throughout the research process. Please let us know if you have any questions, and please share widely!
Congratulations to Brewer Science Brewer Science received a Made in Missouri Leadership Award for Sustainability Leadership from the Missouri Association of Manufacturers September 30,2016 – St. Louis, MO– Brewer Science was honored by the Missouri Association of Manufacturers with a Made in Missouri Leadership Award (MMLA) for Sustainability Leadership. The award honors innovative Missouri manufacturers and leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Brewer Science received recognition for the development and implementation of a robust and strategic environmental program, which led to a program that was certified Zero Waste to Landfill The impact of this certification reinforces Brewer Science’s commitment to the environment, both internally and externally. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports customers throughout the world with a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia. Brewer Science has earned the Zero Waste to Landfill certification from GreenCircle Certification LLC.
KCP&L's 2016 Energizing Our Environment Microgrant Winners Announced. Read More
Does Single Stream Recycling Work A good article about the ups and downs of single stream recycling on the St Louis Public Radio website. Featuring two MORA members, Gary Gilliam from Resource Management and Brent Batliner of Republic Services. If you recycle at home, chances are you take advantage of a system called “single-stream” recycling: you mix all your bottles, newspapers, cans and containers together in a roll cart or dumpster, and a truck comes by once a week to pick them up. But what happens next? Is that jumble of broken glass, paper, metal and plastic really getting recycled? Hear from some experts: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/does-single-stream-recycling-really-work-yes-and-no
What is a circular economy? Using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation definition -- a circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles. Creating circular economies is central to meeting Green House Gas reduction goals, constraining ambient temperature rise, and overall good stewardship of the Earth's precious physical and biological resources
EPA's Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013 Advancing SMM Infographic Related Links Report Improvements and Enhancement UpdatesState Measurement EffortsList of State and Local Waste Characterization Studies - A collection of state and local waste characterization studies Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States. The "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013" Report was previously named the "Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures." The report's new name emphasizes the importance of sustainable materials management (SMM). SMM refers to the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. SMM conserves resources, reduces waste, slows climate change and minimizes the environmental impacts of the materials we use. New this year, is additional information on source reduction (waste prevention) of municipal solid waste (MSW), information on historical tipping fees for MSW, and information on the Construction and Demolition Debris generation, which is outside of the scope of MSW.
How2Recycle Label Welcomes Nestlé USA And Purina As Its Newest Participants Nestlé is the newest member of the How2Recycle Label Program. Selected Nestlé USA and Purina® brands will use the How2Recycle label to help communicate to the public how to recycle their packaging. The How2Recycle label is a project of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), developed to provide clear and concise on-package recyclability information and keep recoverable materials out of landfills. The brands join over 40 How2Recycle member companies using the label on packaging. Read entire story.
Extended Producer Responsibility News http://nextcity.org/features/view/cost-of-recycling-america-extended-producer-responsibility-cities - EPR New in Oregon May 2015