America’s government-backed national recycling awareness day is being used as cover by large corporations that are churning out enormous volumes of plastic that end up strewn across landscapes, rivers and in the ocean, critics have said. The second annual America Recycles Day event on Friday is being vigorously promoted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a way to encourage Americans to recycle more. But critics point out that the initiative is the brainchild of Keep America Beautiful, a not-for-profit founded and backed by large companies that produce vast quantities of plastic products that end up as pollution. Current backers include Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pepsico, and Altria, the tobacco giant formerly known as Phillip Morris. Decades of campaigns by the group have emphasized individual responsibility for plastic recycling, which data reveals to be a largely broken system. “Just like the fossil fuel industry, corporate polluters have been using recycling … [Read more...] about US recycling event is cover for enormous volume of plastic pollution, say critics
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At a drinks retailer on the outskirts of Hamburg, a father holds up his three-year-old son to help him push an empty plastic water bottle into a hole on a large grey machine. With a whirring sound, the apparatus pulls the bottle out of the child’s hand, juggles it on an assembly line to scan the barcode, then sucks the container even deeper into its belly and eventually shreds it with a satisfying crunch. “Jackpot!” says the boy, beaming with glee as the machine spits back a 25-cent voucher. Next in line, a man carrying a bin bag brimming with plastic bottles cannot quite feel a similar joy in recycling. “To be honest, I think it’s a slog,” says Şükrü Çal, 41. “Somehow the supermarkets have found a way of making us clear up after them.” With its reputation as a recycling world champion, Germany is seen by many as the inspiration behind Britain’s new deposit return scheme (DRS) for bottles and cans, which was … [Read more...] about Has Germany hit the jackpot of recycling? The jury’s still out
Renault has developed a special fabric from 100 per cent recycled materials in collaboration with Les Filatures du Parc and Adient Fabrics, informs the company in a release.The Les Filatures du Parc is a French company specialized in carded yarn, while the Adient Fabrics is world's leading supplier of automotive seats, informs Renault.The new fabric is claimed to have been made from safety belts, textile scraps and plastic bottle recycling and it is used in the new Renault Zoe. According to Renault's claim, this short loop manufacturing process reduces carbon footprint by 60 per cent compared to the standard process.Commenting on the development of the new fabric, Jean-Philippe Hermine, Director of Environmental Strategy & Planning for Groupe Renault, said, "Faced with the challenge of the energy transition, industries have an essential role to play in changing their production methods and reducing their environmental impact."He further added,"With the support of our partners … [Read more...] about Renault uses recycled material-made fabric in new Zoe hatchback
By Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health NewsOriginally published on Monday, November 11 House Democrats are poised to pass sweeping legislation to lower drug prices using strategies President Donald Trump has endorsed. A Trump aide urged the Republican-controlled Senate to vote on a different package curbing drug prices that was drafted by a senior Republican. But at least right now, neither measure appears likely to attract enough bipartisan support to become law. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable, with voters from both parties agreeing that reducing the cost of prescription drugs should be one of Congress' top priorities, according to a poll last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) With such broad and bipartisan support, why do the odds look grim for Congress to pass significant drug pricing legislation this year? Because whether it's sharing the credit for a legislative victory … [Read more...] about Voters Say Congress Needs To Curb Drug Prices, But Are Lawmakers Listening?
WOODSTOCK, GA — The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green & Education Committees co-sponsored a two-day Plastic Bag Recycling Competition in partnership with Waste Management among 12 of Cherokee County's Elementary Schools which collected over 167,000 plastic bags. Johnston Elementary collected 22,408 bags during the two-day event which brought them to a rate of 38.57 bags per student. The winning homeroom from each elementary school was also presented with gifts provided by The following teachers and homerooms collected the most plastic bags within their respective elementary schools: Ms. Murnan's fifth grade class of Bascomb Elementary SchoolMs. Lussier's fourth grade class of Boston Elementary SchoolMs. Mendenhall's first grade class of Clark Creek Elementary SchoolMs. Fowler's kindergarten class of Free Home Elementary SchoolMs. Carroll's fifth grade class of Hickory Flat Elementary SchoolMs. Scanlon's kindergarten class of Johnston Elementary SchoolMs. … [Read more...] about Johnston Elementary Wins Chamber’s Recycling Contest