Launch of sustainability standard to challenge the status quo on waste
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.
As parents and teachers, we have an opportunity to model and teach environmentally responsible behavior like recycling to our children early on. To help with this, we’ve created some fun and engaging resources to support your efforts to teach your kids how and why to recycle. Check out these free resources to help your kids become A+ recyclers.
The EPA estimates about 75% of waste in America is recyclable, however, only 30% of it actually gets recycled. Teaching youngsters the value of recycling will help drive those numbers in the right direction.
By Ellen Jackowski, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation, HP Inc.
As a business community and as a society, we are at our best when we come together to solve tough problems and enable social progress. That’s exactly what we’re seeing right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heroes on the frontlines are risking their lives to help others, while governments, companies and individuals are finding ways to lend their support to those in need. We have a long way to go, but the examples being set by so many gives us reasons to believe in our future.
Single-use plastic is a topic that receives a lot of attention in the press and has catalyzed efforts to reduce the amount that is found in the ocean. Although the bulk of this pollution comes from consumer waste, the growing use of plastic in laboratories and biopharma manufacturing has not gone unnoticed. It has been estimated that 5.5 million tons of plastic waste is being generated globally for scientific research. In biopharma manufacturing, the utilization of single-use technologies (SUT) is said to be increasing by 20-24% each year.
We’ve all been staying at home the past few weeks with very good reason – preventing the spread of COVID-19. During this time, you probably are generating more waste, particularly food and beverage packaging, takeout containers and cardboard boxes. As household waste increases, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the right things to put in your recycling bin.
Failing to properly dispose of personal protective equipment (PPE) will hurt the environment and could spread COVID-19
STAMFORD, Conn., April 7, 2020 /3BL Media/ – National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful® issued an urgent call today for all Americans to properly dispose of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), including used sanitizing wipes, masks, and plastic gloves. These belong in the trash, not on the ground.
Regulations may be shifting in communities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and CDC guidelines. Many communities have temporarily suspended recycling programs because of worker safety and other limitations. As always — look up what you can recycle locally.
Keep America Beautiful® is not advising the general public to use PPE to pick up litter or manage their recyclables or waste in their homes given they are in short supply and desperately needed by the medical community.
With many parents at home with their children right now, a virtual field trip could be a nice break. Let your kids explore how our recycling centers and modern landfills operate from the comfort of home. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2QFyFnN
LAKE CHARLES, La., March 16, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Hundreds of Southwest Louisiana residents recycled their unwanted electronics at the annual CITGO E-Recycle Day Saturday at the McNeese Cowboy Stadium parking lot.
Not surprising, biopharma plastic recycling isn’t as simple as recycling ordinary plastic. In fact, approximately 30,000 tons of biopharma single use plastic products are landfilled or incinerated each year. One of the key reasons for this lack of recyclability is that biopharma plastics often contain a mixture of silicon, polyethylene and polypropylene – materials that are difficult to separate. In addition, purifying these types of plastics has also proven to be very difficult.