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Cardboard Recycling More Important Than Ever During COVID-19

July 24, 2020

Cardboard recycling has become more important than ever during this time of COVID‑19. Facilities such as hotels, factories, and schools, which have traditionally generated and recycled significant quantities of cardboard, are experiencing reduced operations or are shut down. (more…)
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Closed-Loop Recycling: See What Land O’Lakes is Doing with Feed Tubs

June 17, 2020

Land O’Lakes is using an innovative closed-loop-recylcling solution to reuse feed containers. The company is collecting and recycling its Purina cattle feed tubs, which are made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It has been challenging and complex task that required developing partnerships with dealers, a lumber manufacturer, and a Massachusetts-based recycler. (more…)
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Low-Impact Products and Environmental Impact Based on Characteristics and Attributes

April 16, 2020

We discussed low impact materials in a previous post. This post continues in that vein through the consideration of material attributes. Those of us who strive to make environmentally conscious purchasing decisions make many assumptions about the environmental impact of a product based on the characteristics or attributes of that product. (more…)
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New Paradigm of Low-Impact Materials Shifts Recycling Responsibility from Consumers to Manufacturers

April 8, 2020

Recent research conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the USEPA has shown that although a product may be recyclable, that does not always translate into the packaging having the least environmental impact. Instead, the entire life cycle of products and product packaging should be evaluated to determine their overall environmental impact.   (more…)
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Analysis of State Recycling Definitions: Environmental Research & Educational Foundation Report

December 30, 2019

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) identified and analyzed recycling definitions used by state agencies in an effort to document the various ways recycling may be defined. Definitions for “recycle”, “recycling”, and/or similar terms such as recyclables were identified through a search of state codes. Definitions were identified for 49 of 50 states. A definition was not found for North Dakota. (more…)
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