Tag Archives: recycling

Why Extended Producer Responsibility Will Change the Recycling Game

Extended Producer Responsibility takes hold in Ottowa

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a waste management concept that, while not new, is finally getting the attention it deserves from a world that is waking up to its importance. Essentially, EPR is a strategy that assigns responsibility for the post-consumer phase of goods to the producers of the waste. As governments around the world try to cope with historic levels of waste and …

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How Big of an Impact Does Recycling Make on the Environment?

What are the impacts of recycling on the environment?

Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment. However, it’s debatable how good it can actually be. Changing situations have caused the cost of recycling to change and increased the volume of resources that are put into it. On average, Americans produce about 254 million tons of trash. That’s a lot to find room for. There’s simply nowhere to put it all. However, of …

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Hospitals Going Green to Reduce Global Warming

Hospitals going Green

As one of the fastest-growing segments of the United States economy, the healthcare industry faces many challenges including quality of service, containing costs and dealing with healthcare insurance. You can also add environmental waste and energy consumption to the list. Hospitals are one of the biggest energy consumers in the U.S. each year. They also produce millions of tons of refuse, from paper to …

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How Recycled Steel Helps the Planet

Recycled steel benefits industry and the environment

Recycling at all levels is beneficial to the environment, but nowhere are the benefits more pronounced than with the recycling of a steel. The recycling rate for steel is a staggering 88 percent, according to industry site steel.org, making it the most recycled product on the planet. A lot of this can be attributed to steel’s strength, which does not diminish after it is …

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The Lesser Known Correlation between Recycling and Climate Change

Recycling and climate change

Guest post by Anne Staley Last year, Sims Metal Management, one of the world’s leading scrap metal management companies, celebrated the first anniversary of its mobile education center called Recyclarium. Designed as an innovative learning experience for students and their families, the 16-foot trailer consists of themes covering the lifecycle of products – right from manufacturing down to recycling. The initiative taken by Sims …

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Plastic Bank: First 3D Printed Items Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

Plastic Bank receives innovation award for first 3D printing from recycled plastic

World Ocean Day: Saving the ocean from plastic pollution Sunday, June 8 was officially World Ocean Day. At a time when we find the world’s oceans in crisis from acidification, warming surface temperatures, overfishing and pollution, calling attention to the health of our oceans is of paramount importance. Last summer year we introduced our readers to the Plastic Bank, a new social and environmental movement …

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Infographic: Green Cities

Green Cities

Finally, the world appears to be waking up to the realization that Mother Nature needs some TLC. But while it’s going to take the collective effort of the entire world to make a real difference, highly populated metropolitan areas are naturally the best place to concentrate the most forward-thinking and technically savvy green initiatives. This infographic from HouseTrip explores which cities are actually leading the way …

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