In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from industry professionals, consumers, and legislators.
"The hospitality industry is an ideal catalyst for accelerating change ... Imagine every hotel breakfast buffet or conference luncheon eliminating food waste. "
— Pete Pearson, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) director of food waste, in a press statement regarding the organization's partnership with Rockefeller Center and the American Hotel & Lodging Association for a food waste initiative. Together, the associations launched a 12-week pilot program at major hotel chains across the U.S. to train chefs and staff to repurpose excess food.
"There's always a grain of truth in there about how a consultant has to conduct themselves. We're white collar workers and yet we provide advice on really blue collar jobs."
— Peter Jones, consultant at U.K.-based Eunomia and member of rock band Dirty Murph & The Kerbside Sorters, in an interview with Waste Dive. The band recently released a new waste-inspired EP that touches on many aspects of the industry, including consultancy, collections, recycling and waste diversion.
"We don't want businesses, especially small ones, to believe they cannot afford to protect their workers."
— Kim Stille, OSHA's Regional Administrator in Kansas City, in a press release regarding the agency's new "Safe and Sound" initiative. Due to a recent uptick in fatality investigations, OSHA is asking employers to participate in the initiative by reviewing existing safety and health programs and changing them to include elements like management leadership and worker participation.
"Right now the number one weapon used in worldwide incidents of terrorism are trucks ... You or your companies are in possession of as devastating weapons as I could think of for a terrorist."
— Lieutenant Lucas Miller from the NYPD Intelligence Bureau at the recent NYC Waste & Recycling Safety Symposium hosted by SWANA, New York City Business Integrity Commission and others. Miller explained that, in order for industry employees to keep their trucks and themselves safe, they must equip vehicles with GPS devices and other technologies that can help law enforcement track them.
"The difficult decision to proceed with the indefinite idling is driven by the ongoing significant decline in North American newsprint consumption, coupled with the increasing cost of recovered paper."
— Resolute Forest Products Inc. in a press release on its decision to idle a paper mill in Ontario, as reported by Resource Recycling. The company cited "ongoing significant decline in North American newsprint consumption, coupled with the increasing cost of recovered paper" as the two main factors behind this decision.
"It’s a form of walking your talk. If you don’t believe in the value of the project enough to invest in it, who else will?"
— Alan AtKisson, president and CEO of AtKisson Group, in a GreenBiz story about his participation in an art project dubbed the "Plastic Garbage Project." AtKisson crowdfunded monetary donations to put the art project together for Stockholm's Tekinska museum in order to raise awareness about plastic pollution.