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Oct. 15, 2013

General Mills stockholders overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have required the company to develop an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program to ensure recycling of post-consumer products. Only 6 percent of votes were in favor of the measure, which was submitted by the environmental group As You Sow.

Akron, Ohio-based RES Polyflow says its plastic-to-oil conversion process is ready to be used in a full-scale production environment. The process, which makes use of plastics typically discarded during the recycling process, is capable of producing transportation fuel as well as feedstock for future polymer production.

Reusable bag manufacturer Command Packaging has announced it will invest $25 million to spearhead production of its reusable shopping bags (dubbed "smarterbags"). The announcement comes as local bag ban ordinances spread throughout the state of California and consumers look for cost-effective alternatives to paper bags.

Speaking of Golden State plastic shopping bag bans, South Lake Tahoe has become the latest municipality to institute one.  It is set to go into effect at supermarkets and restaurants in January.  The 22,000-person city sits on the border with Nevada and is the first community in California outside of the state's coastal counties to implement a ban.

 

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