Environmental Protection


Earth Day Texas Unveils the First Ever ‘Earth Day Texas Expeditions’

The world’s largest annual public green exhibition is launching a year-round event series to help the adventurous discover natural hidden gems around North Texas.

Tacoma started by cleaning the waterways, polluted from decades of industry. New strategies, new technologies, such as "fingerprinting" of pollutants in the water, and new processes were developed, in partnership between UW Tacoma and the city. (Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County photo)

Recycling the Past to Build the Future

Tacoma searched for years to find an identity. While the search continued, the city found out who it was not by tearing down what it used to be, but by restoring, reclaiming, and reutilizing what was there already. The result is a city becoming a leader at cleaning and reusing.

The New Balance World Headquarters in Boston has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council

New Balance World Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum Certification

"We are extremely pleased to be able to call our new world headquarters a truly global leader in sustainability," said Rob DeMartini, New Balance's president and CEO.

Mutual Housing California and the City of Woodland Win Green Leadership Award for Mutual Housing at Spring Lake

A financial contributor to the development, Woodland was chosen out of nearly 500 cities and 58 counties in the state. Mutual Housing at Spring Lake received the award because it was the first multi-family, rental-housing development in the nation to receive Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home certification.

General Motors is turning its employees

GM Turns Recycled Water Bottles Into Engine Insulation

"Recycling is good, but viewing waste as a valuable resource that can be plugged into your operations or products is even better," said John Bradburn, GM's global manager of waste reduction. "It's about rethinking the process and finding more sustainable ways to manufacture products and contribute to our communities."


A CEO's Seven Personal Inputs for Making an Environmentally Sustainable Business

Employees need a leader who integrates sustainable solutions into the company's mindset, focus, and strategy and every-day culture with consistent, coherent actions. Staff members want to work for a leader with a personal commitment to making the company eco-friendly.

Lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

This Earth Day, Do Your Part and Recycle Your Old Vehicle Batteries

It's possible that cars on the road today are being powered by the same materials that were in a battery used in a vehicle from decades ago. In fact, lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

What is Legitimate Recycling? In essence, it is not "sham" recycling. For example, foundry sand cannot be recycled as playground sand but could be recycled for use in creating industrial molds. Sham is now more than what is in the eye of the beholder.

The Solid Waste Rule: A Summary of 2015 Revisions

The 2015 Solid Waste Rule is more stringent than the earlier versions of the Rule, and EPA is requiring authorized states to modify their programs in order to comply with the 2015 Sold Waste Rule.

The two companies plan to merge in an all-stock transaction, with Waste Connections Inc. shareholders owning 70 percent of the combined company

Big Merger Announced in Solid Waste Field

Texas-based Waste Connections, Inc. and Toronto-based Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. are merging in an all-stock transaction. The combined company will bear the Waste Connections name.

Report Plots Course to New Plastics Economy

It envisions a global economy in which plastics never become waste. If this systemic change can't be realized, the potential damage will be severe -- given the projected growth in consumption and a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 the world's oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish by weight.

Safety-Kleen Environmental Raising Rates for Handling Used Oils

"We are again taking the necessary steps to address the continuing rapid decline in crude oil indices and base oil pricing. These adverse energy market dynamics are decreasing the values of our re-refined products and byproducts, as well as our recycled fuel oil," said Safety-Kleen Environmental Executive Vice President Kevin Hayden.

Most U.S. adults expect food and beverage brands to actively help increase recycling of their packages.

Don't Overlook the Carton

For 2016, we are excited about the outlook of carton recycling. As much progress as we've made thus far, we are always looking forward to more.

UK Court Fines Recycling Firm After Amputation

A worker was seriously injured when his arm became trapped in a conveyor belt he was maintaining.

Louisiana Utility Launches Refrigerator Recycling Program

Cleco Corp. will pay customers $50 to have outdated, working refrigerators and freezers picked up at their homes and hauled away to be recycled.

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

NYC SAFE Disposal Events Expanded, Starting This Weekend

This is one of the world's largest programs for recycling harmful household products. The New York City Department of Sanitation administers the program.

Many materials past their original useful life can be repurposed, keeping them out of landfills. (repurposedMATERIALS photo)

Diving Into Repurposed Materials

The thing about repurposed materials being used in place of new products and machines is that they are much cheaper but no less effective.

Call2Recycle, Inc., which bills itself as "North America

North American Battery Recycling Leader's Collections Still Growing

"Since we measure our success by weight, this latest year of growth is even more impressive given that consumer batteries are getting smaller, lighter, and lasting longer than in previous years,” said Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, Inc.

Web-Based Compliance System Wins Top Award

The Elektra European Electronics Industry 2014 Environmental Award went to ENVIRON's Environmental Compliance 4 Products, a web-based system that companies use to ensure their compliance with the EU's waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, batteries and packaging.

Green areas on this map show some of the areas of Lower Manhattan where the BigBelly Solar waste bins are located. (BigBelly Solar graphic)

Alliance Expands Use of Solar Waste and Recycling Units

More than 150 new recycling bins in Lower Manhattan are increasing waste collection efficiency, BigBelly Solar reports.

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