By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Keep America Beautiful and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group have announced the recipients  of 710 permanent recycling bins for parks. The bins are the result of 33 grants awarded to state and local governments in 23 states.
A Facebook post by a Grand Forks City Councilmember  is causing an uproar in the North Dakota city. According to the Grand Forks Herald, Councilmember Tyrone Grandstrand posted an update to promote his campaign to have residents voice support for an expansion of the recycling program for the city. Unsurprisingly, the post — "It seems that it is actually a very popular idea among the 40 & under demographic (though not among the dead white males on the council)," — has proven controversial, and the 27-year-old Grandstand has had to apologize and hope that the still-living members of the council vote his way.
Waste and recycling giant Waste Management, Inc. and noted sustainability author William McDonough have jointly launched a sustainable innovation collaborative  to "help foster and guide future product and packaging design innovation among industry-leading companies." The initiative — the Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaborative — is intended to "focus on directly serving producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of packaged goods and products as they strive to advance their sustainability objectives and results."
The Society of the Plastics Industry has unveiled  a new line of clothes made from 50-percent recycled plastic. SPI's resinGEAR is designed for use in uniforms, corporate apparel and promotional gifts, and is also backed by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the Plastic Pipe Institute and the Western Plastics Association.
In other SPI news, the organization is surveying companies on their post-industrial scrap plastic management practices. "In general, post-industrial scrap plastics are of high quality, and are a fairly straightforward material to work back into the manufacturing process," says SPI recycling director Kim Holmes. "What is unclear is where the barriers lie." SPI material supplier and processor members have already received a link to the survey and are encouraged to respond. More information is available here .
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