Some lawmakers say it’s time to update Pennsylvania’s 30-year-old recycling law, and an Indiana elementary school wins the Recycle-Bowl competition.
A new MRF is making some money and extending the life of a landfill, and the European Union’s elected body approves aggressive recycling targets.
Last year closed with record-setting numbers for battery collection and recycling in North America, according to stewardship group Call2Recycle.
Pratt Industries sets a one-day recycled paper production record, and some Canadian grocery stores take aim at waste by eliminating packaging altogether.
Vermont’s law mandating that producers fund the takeback and recycling of single-use batteries has helped significantly boost battery collections in the state. Meanwhile, collections are trending upward across the U.S. and Canada, according to Call2Recycle.
A pair of bills in Massachusetts could have some impact on recovery. One mandates reductions in statewide per-capita waste generation and another requires state government offices to divert a host of materials.
When Energizer developed a battery with 4 percent recycled content, company officials agonized over whether to market the achievement to the public. The concern was the 4 percent figure would leave consumers asking, “Why not more?”