The Fort Collins, Colorado City Council will not be banning single-use plastic bags. Still on the table, however, are proposals to expand education about plastic bag recycling options, impose fees or taxes on disposable bags, or require grocers to offer customers a discount for not using disposable bags.
The How2Recycle label will be adopted by Best Buy, Clorox and Minute Maid next year, according to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The label was designed to provide clear recyclability instructions for product packaging and conforms to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides.
Burt's Bees has partnered with Preserve's Gimme 5 program to recycle used lip balm tubes. Consumers can return No. 5 plastic products to Gimme 5 bins at Whole Foods stores for recycling. Other partners for the program include Stonyfield, Brita and Tom's of Maine.
Vancouver, British Columbia motorists will soon be driving on plastic. A new asphalt mix that the city will begin using includes approximately 1 percent reclaimed plastic aggregate, which allows it to be poured at 248 degrees Fahrenheit, as opposed to 320 degrees Fahrenheit for conventional mixtures, saving fuel.