A government auditor in British Columbia has released a report on the Canadian province’s EPR (extended producer responsibility) program for printed paper and packaging. Overall, the auditor is pleased with the program but does identify areas for improvement.
Organization: Azevada Elementary School; Fremont, Calif.
Grant: $5,000 Community Outreach Grant from Alameda County public agency StopWaste to improve food scrap recovery at the school through the Go Green Lunch Project. It was awarded for the 2014-2015 school year, and the program is now self-managing.
The small city of Rock Island, Ill. is making changes to its curbside recycling program, and the single-stream system will now include glass.
This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Resource Recycling.
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