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Companies rethink recycling - Shifting economics, consumer values make it an attractive option Last Updated on 2012-04-09 05:06:45 Read Full Article by Stephanie Strom on The Bulletin   Brushing your teeth with a yogurt container? Wiping your mouth with a coffee cup? You might be doing both, as a result of a new trend in recycling, courtesy of the manufacturers who make the original products. A growing number of large food and beverage companies in the United States are assuming the costs of recycling their packaging after consumers are finished with it, a responsibility long imposed on packaged goods companies in Europe and, more recently, in parts of Asia, Latin America and Canada. Several factors are converging to make what is known as “extended producer responsibility” more attractive and, perhaps, more commonplace in the United States. “Local governments are literally going broke and so are looking for ways to shift the costs of recycling off onto someone, and... More »
Laser 'Unprinter' to Boost Paper Reuse over Recycling Last Updated on 2012-03-29 04:02:15 An Article from the Waste Management World Magazine   Image Credit: Shutterstock/Joachim Wendler 19 March 2012 Cambridge University has run successful trails that utilised a laser 'unprinter' to remover toner from paper, leaving it fit for reuse ahead of recycling. According to the University, Dr Julian Allwood, leader of the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group at the University of Cambridge, and David Leal-Ayala, PhD student at the group, tested toner-print removal from paper by employing a variety of lasers. The results showed that toner-print can be removed effectively without causing significant paper damage, allowing the paper to be treated higher up the waste hierarchy and be reused - rather than discarded, shredded or sent to a recycling plant. The University claimed that coupled with advances in low-energy... More »
Kraft Foods Hits Zero Waste at 36 Plants Last Updated on 2012-03-18 06:20:30 An Article by Alexis Petru in Earth911.com   Kraft Foods, maker of the iconic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner and other food and beverage products, announced last week that 36 of its manufacturing facilities in 13 countries send no waste to landfill. “We’re waging war on waste, one plant at a time,” said Christine McGrath, Kraft’s vice president of global sustainability, in a statement. “Our strategy is simple: Generate less waste and find new uses for the waste we do produce.” Manufacturing waste makes up 99 percent of the company’s total trash output, which is why Kraft chose to focus on this waste stream, the company said. Kraft, which also owns such brands as Nabisco, Oreo and Maxwell House, said it now recycles or reuses 90 percent of manufacturing waste and has reduced manufacturing waste companywide by 50 percent... More »
8 Companies that Make Money from Recycling Last Updated on 2012-02-08 01:50:38   With customers and stakeholders putting companies increasingly under the sustainability microscope, more businesses are realizing that waste is not a nuisance, but an opportunity to create revenue during uncertain economic times. Many companies, of course, have a revenue model solely based on waste management and recycling. Milorganite, for example, has been in business for over 85 years, turning Milwaukee’s sewage into organic fertilizer. But other companies are finding that dealing with waste smartly can add to their business portfolio and generate new revenue streams. What was once thrown away can now even become transformed into a consulting business. The following are eight companies that find profit in trash, either from collecting or incorporating recycled and upcycled materials into their products. Read the entire article More »
P&G reduces plastics in packaging redesign Last Updated on 2012-02-03 00:00:00 P&G reduces plastics in packaging redesign   var addthis_config = { services_exclude: "email,print,printfriendly" } By Brandi Shaffer | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF Feb. 3 -- Procter & Gamble Co. gave Gillette Fusion ProGlide’s packaging a "future friendly" facelift by reducing plastic and incorporating moldable pulp. With 57 percent less plastic than the original clamshell outer packaging and razor tray, the redesign is made of fibrous materials such as bamboo, sugar cane and bulrush. The mixture is made into a liquid slurry and then molded into place, a technique the company said is "stretching the boundaries of what moldable pulp can do." The result is a 20 percent reduction in gross weight and overall reduction of packaging material, while the new design with­stands compression,... More »