Wastes


New York Enacts a State-Wide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

New York Enacts a State-Wide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

The state of New York is the third U.S. state to mandate that all businesses avoid single-use plastic bags in order to address “environmental blights.”

How Are Medical Devices Making Consumers More Environmentally Conscious?

How Are Medical Devices Making Consumers More Environmentally Conscious?

The medical industry doesn't have the best track record when it comes to environmentalism. However, some healthcare companies are changing that.

Achieving Water Authority Compliance with Automated Wastewater Treatment

Achieving Water Authority Compliance with Automated Wastewater Treatment

Automated wastewater treatment systems help manufacturers remain in compliance with EPA and local standards while significantly reducing the cost of treatment, labor and disposal.

People Think China Ruined US Recycling, but It’s a US-Rooted Problem

People Think China Ruined US Recycling, but It’s a US-Rooted Problem

Here’s how recycling has changed in all 50 states since changes in China’s waste import laws—and what we should do about it.

Starbucks Makes an Eco-Initiative to Waste Less Water, Plastic, and Resources in the Next Decade

Starbucks Makes an Eco-Initiative to Waste Less Water, Plastic, and Resources in the Next Decade

One of the world’s biggest caffeine providers is now focused on making its water and carbon footprint a lot greener.

Which Plastics Are Recyclable and Which Aren’t?

Which Plastics Are Recyclable and Which Aren’t?

It may seem as though you can finish with any plastic item and throw it into the recycling bin when you're done. Not so fast—surprisingly, not all plastics can be reused.

How Your City Can Tackle Food Waste, Too

How Your City Can Tackle Food Waste, Too

Food waste is a bigger conversation than that spinach-gone-bad in the back of your fridge. Food waste is a massive, systematic problem, and cities are finally doing something about it.



Turkey Grease: How Thanksgiving Grease Can Cause Environmental Havoc

Turkey Grease: How the Thanksgiving Feast Can Cause Environmental Havoc

This Thanksgiving, families across the country will be filling their bellies with good turkey—but they’ll also be clogging their drains with grease. Here are some ways to avoid “fatbergs” before they damage your drains and cause bigger environmental issues.

Food Waste Initiative: The What, When, and How of a New, American Food Waste Solution

Food Waste Initiative: The What, When, and How of a New, American Food Waste Solution

As of Oct. 30, the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative launched by three federal agencies is making major strides in the food industry to address the widespread issue of wasted food products. Here’s what it’s all about.

Gerber and TerraCycle Launch Baby Food Recycling Program

Gerber and TerraCycle Launch Baby Food Recycling Program

Now, that hard-to-recycle baby food packaging from Gerber can be put to good use. Through TerraCycle’s mail-in system, consumers can give new life to baby food packaging.

Solving the Plastic Pollution Problem: Ocean Cleanup Interceptor Releases a Floating Solution

Solving the Plastic Pollution Problem: Ocean Cleanup Interceptor Releases a Floating Solution

Dutch non-profit called The Ocean Cleanup just launched the Interceptor—a kind of autonomous, water vacuum to collect trash and plastic before it reaches the ocean. This massive cleanup effort is part of its overall goal of lessening plastic waste worldwide.

OSHA Makes Alliance with NWRA and SWANA for a Better Solid Waste Industry

OSHA Makes Alliance with NWRA and SWANA for a Better Solid Waste Industry

As of September 27, OSHA signed an alliance with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The goal? To better protect workers in the waste industry.

EPA Issues Violation against San Francisco, but Local Officials Deny the Claims

EPA Issues Violation against San Francisco, but Local Officials Deny the Claims

Trump’s EPA recently accused San Francisco of violating the Clean Water Act. Not only do local officials deny the claims, but they said it’s a fraudulent attack from Trump on the Democratic California state.

EPA Announces Funding for Waterway Trash Prevention Projects for the Gulf

EPA Announces Funding for Waterway Trash Prevention Projects for the Gulf

Applications for funding for waterway trash reduction projects for the Gulf of Mexico are due no later than November 22, 2019.

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act: Cleaning Up Narragansett Bay

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Cleaning Up Narragansett Bay

Last week, the EPA announced a WIFIA loan to the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) to help reduce pollutant discharges into Narragansett Bay. The first of its kind in New England, the loan will help protect public health and ecosystems as a part of the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Phase IIIA Facilities Project.

Tyson Poultry Company Facing Significant Fines for Killing 175,000 fish

Tyson Poultry Company Facing Significant Fines

After Tyson’s Alabama facility spilled treated wastewater into the Black Warrior River, thousands of fish died as a result. Now, the river is practically lifeless.

5 Million Gallons of Wastewater Overflow into Maryland Creek

5.22 million gallons of sewer water overflows into Maryland's Broad Creek.

EPA Releases Cleanup Plan For Former General Electric Plant Site in New York

The proposal would implement natural attenuation in a contaminated state superfund site that originates in Auburn, New York.

EPA Proposes Changes to Environmental Protection Requirements for Utility Coal Ash Sites

EPA Proposes Changes to Environmental Protection Requirements for Utility Coal Ash Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing changes related to utility coal as sites such as eliminating the tonnage limit, merging onsite and offsite coal ash definitions and increasing transparency for utility groundwater filings.