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Are Takeout Containers Recyclable?

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We love to order takeout food, especially nowadays with so many of us spending more time at home. But with all those orders come a lot of plastic bags, containers, utensils, etc. and not all of it can go into your recycling bin. 

Just because a takeout container has a recyclable symbol on it, don’t assume it's okay to recycle it. The acceptance of recyclable materials can vary from state to state and city to city. As a rule of thumb, the following materials are accepted no matter where you live: paper, cardboard, metal cans, and plastic containers labeled with a #1 or #2.

Help at Hand to Understand GRI's Waste Standard

Webinars on the new globally applicable tool for managing waste impacts
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June 2, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Following the launch of a standard that enables organizations to minimize waste impacts, two virtual events are taking place to highlight how companies can make the most of this global best practice for waste reporting – and how it can unlock circularity benefits.

No Wasted Opportunities: Enabling Full Disclosure

Launch of sustainability standard to challenge the status quo on waste
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May 19, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Organizations now have the means to disclose a complete picture of the waste impacts in their activities, products and services – following the launch of a new reporting standard by GRI, provider of the leading global sustainability standards.

The GRI Waste Standard changes how companies measure and understand waste, responding to global concerns about increases in waste generation and the impact on the environment, society and the economy. It encourages companies to prevent waste at source and unlock opportunities for circular business practices. 

UPS Longitudes | Innovation and Entrepreneurship Can Cut Waste and Fuel the Circular Economy

Antonia Gawel | World Economic Forum
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It's time for a system reboot. The trends are clear. We have moved toward an economy of disposability where the valuable resources we extract are going to waste and causing harm to people and planet.

Waste Minimization at Caterpillar

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Minimizing waste in Caterpillar processes not only reduces costs, but also reduces the company's use of materials, energy, water and land. Read more about Caterpillar's goal to reduce by-product materials (i.e., waste) generated by the company's production processes.

Moving Away from Landfills

Sappi North America works with local farmers to offset solid waste going to landfills
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Solid waste

Waste Not, Want Not: Harnessing Open Innovation for Circular Economies and Sustainable Impact

By Camille Caron Director Education & Sustainability, 3D Print, HP, Inc.
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A world without waste. That’s our aspiration.

But what does this really mean? And how do we create lasting, positive change for the planet, our people, and communities?

To do this, we need to move away from our traditional approach of “take, make, dispose.” Think about it, there’s no way not to change: by 2050, we would need 2.3 Earths to sustain the resource demands of our global population.

Beyond Reporting: Focus on Waste

Listen now to the latest GRI podcast
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GRI has launched a new podcast series – with the first episode looking at waste now available.

Our world cannot continue using resources at the same pace that we have until now. Businesses can help address the issue, and become more efficient in the process, by effectively reporting on their waste management.

The Sustainability Edge in Real Estate Investing

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by Kimberly Ryan, Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo Private Bank

Commercial real estate can have a significant impact on the environment and an increasing number of real estate industry professionals are incorporating sustainability practices into corporate strategy and building management. Kimberly Ryan, Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Social Impact Investing (SII) REIT strategies offers her thoughts on the benefits of integrating sustainability and ESG analysis into the REIT investment process.

If You Missed the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 — the Elephant is Still in the Room

GRI Reflects on the Global Gathering in Helsinki Earlier this Month
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“The World Circular Economy Forum brought together more than 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts from around the world to present the best circular economy solutions”, it states on its website. As such, it reflects the current state of affairs and the direction of the international community towards transitioning to a circular economy. There’s really no better place to be if you crave a rich multi-stakeholder perspective on the topic in the short span of two days.

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