In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from industry professionals, consumers and legislators.
"We consider caps to be one of the next key recycling frontiers. Our goal is to not only keep caps out of the ocean but out of landfills as well. We are proud to be joining forces with like-minded companies … to provide an efficient recycling solution for caps."
— Eric Hudson, founder and CEO of Preserve, on the company's new partnership with ACURE, Burt's Bees, Stonyfield, Brita, and Plum Organics for bottle cap recycling.
"Elephants are a natural paper pulping machine. And that's part of our sales pitch — it says we are recycling."
— Mr. Ellie Pooh owner Karl Ward on the company's method of using animal waste to create recycled paper. The company sells journals, notepads, business cards, and other products using the waste from Sri Lankan elephants.
“It’s an age old concern ... Why did these industrial facilities go into these minority neighborhoods?”
"In order to achieve a 50% reduction by 2030, corporations everywhere will be looking to do their part. This guide should be the first step they take."
— Patti Olenick, sustainability manager for Weis Markets, on the Food Waste Reduction Alliance's 'Best Practices Guide' for food waste. The guide offers suggestions and solutions to help food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants cut food waste and avoid sending scraps to landfills.
"The rate cap is an antiquated vestige that was made to deal with problems of a prior generation. These issues no longer exist. To change this industry for the future the rate cap needs to be eliminated, or at least raised beyond the historic 3% only when a crisis arises."
— Thomas N. Toscano, NWRA chapter chair in NYC, on the city's rate cap on private carter fees. The chapter presented to NYC's Business and Integrity Commission to argue the need to address increased equiptment, labor, and insurance costs.
"To find out that in some areas, at least, the bins are out there but they (the cups) are going right into the garbage, that's outrageous."
— Conrad MacKerron on an investigation that showed Starbucks' and Tim Horton's trend of sending cups in the "recycling" bin to the landfill. MacKerron is the senior vice-president of As You Sow, a company that works to promote corporate environmental and social responsibility.