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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The North Face, the outdoor clothing maker, has launched a recycling initiative meant to recover clothes and footwear. Working with I:CO USA, the Clothes The Loop initiative will allow customers to earn points toward discounts by dropping used clothing, regardless of brand, into specially marked bins at 10 retail outlets. The recovered clothes will then either be reused or recycled.

The New Mexico House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a measure requesting that the state Environment Department put together a stakeholder group and provide a final report to the legislature by Dec. 1, 2013 that will examine the benefits to communities, businesses and residents of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility. The report will focus on hard-to-recycle or toxic items, such as electronics, mercury-containing devices, paint and carpet.

Fort Collins is now Colorado's first community to bar residents and businesses from throwing out old corrugated containers (OCC). The City Council took the action in early March as a way to boost fiber recovery. City officials estimate that just 35 percent of the 12,000 tons of OCC generated annually ends up in the recycling stream.

As part of its Dream Machine Recycling Initiative, which has made thousands of new recycling kiosks and bins available in public places, PepsiCo has made a $500,000 donation to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a national nonprofit organization founded at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management and operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which offers career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities. The total donation amount from PepsiCo to the EBV totals $1.5 million over the past three years.

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