QUICK READ: "Ramping up its sustainability efforts, furniture giant Ikea has invested a 15 percent minority stake in Morssinkhof Rymoplast, a plastic recycling plant in the Netherlands. The plant has the capacity to produce more than 220,000 tons of high-grade recycled materials per year.
This effort goes hand-in-hand with the company’s goal of using 100 percent recyclable and/or recycled materials by August 2020."
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QUICK READ: "A student-led recycling effort at one of Green Bay's smallest schools will keep about 1,000 pounds of trash out of the landfill this year.
Wequiock Elementary School, with about 100 students, is one of eight Brown County schools participating in a new milk carton recycling program. Combined, participating schools in the Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Green Bay and Howard-Suamico school districts expect to keep more than 10 tons of trash out of the landfill — and that's just a start."
QUICK READ: "With the recent closure of the Sarpy County landfill, there was concern in Bellevue that increased transportation costs could also mean losing control over solid waste costs. Trash is now taken to a transfer station at the old landfill in Springfield and then taken about 60 miles west to a privately owned facility. Recyclables are taken to a facility in Omaha."
A year and a half into the experiment, recycling rates in the two neighborhoods have tripled. While the rest of the city has a recycling rate of 7 percent, Castle Ridge and Southern Oaks now have a recycling rate of 20.8 percent."
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"The Department of Environmental Conservation announced that trash disposal throughout the state decreased 5 percent, while the recycling rate has increased from 33 to 35 percent since the new recycling services and requirements went into effect in July 2015...
"For the last 15 years, Vermont’s recycling rates have stagnated, with about two-thirds of our waste still being landfilled. The Universal Recycling law (Act 148 of 2012) aimed to change this by increasing convenience and providing incentives to recycle and compost more...
“Recycling makes sense environmentally and economically, and the Universal Recycling Law has reinforced that,” said Paul Tomasi, director of Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District. “Recycling is simply what we do here in Vermont.”
"The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership... are collaborating on a project to determine the state of curbside recycling in the U.S... the project... will examine 400 curbside recycling programs, gathering and analyzing 17 distinct markers for each... The breadth and depth of data this project will produce... will allow the EPA to more effectively support communities through their transitions to sustainable materials management."
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"The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works, in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools... has announced the launch of the Recycling Perks Creative Art Challenge... a citywide art contest... uses creative expression as a way to reach, educate and encourage Atlanta residents to recycle.”
"Winning candidates will... receive prizes, as well as have their artwork displayed on the side of the city’s recycling trucks, on the front of Atlanta fire stations, recreation centers and at various Atlanta Public Schools."
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