How do the varied, fast-evolving biobased polymers infiltrating the market degrade in different real-world settings? And what do stakeholders watching the biopolymers space care most about? These are among a mountain of questions answered in a recent 5 Gyres report.
The ability to move forward on what is arguably the country’s largest food scrap collection and processing system has hinged on government public-private sector partnerships. CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner wrote Waste360 detailing progress to date; funding that’s gone into this hardball food waste fight; and support to jurisdictions in implementing programs and overcoming compliance barriers.
The report aims to decipher customer attitudes, preferences and behaviors concerning reusable and refillable packaging solutions, providing valuable insights for companies, cities and other stakeholders navigating the evolving landscape of reuse and circularity.
France is strengthening its push toward a system-wide transition to a circular economy, having set a few world firsts on the policy front. Among them is a national ban on the destruction of unsold goods and a “repairability index,” which rates how fixable electronics are; anyone who markets these wares in France must display these scores on their products. But these two mandates are the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
Driplines come with tradeoffs. They are made of a thin polyethylene (PE) and last for only one crop rotation, leaving a heaping pile of trash at the end of each season. With that thought, Netafim USA, makers of drip irrigation technology, figured out a way to recycle the material, creating a continuous loop where farmers can maximize resources.
ISRI, “Voice of the Recycled Materials Industry, and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the latest update to the ISRI Specifications and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled p
LA-based start-up is working on a new method to recycle polyester, preventing clothing containing the material from hitting landfills.
Bioplastics are rolling to market fast, with biobased resin makers touting their wares as compost-facility ready. But is it a given that these alternatives to conventional plastics will break down well and quickly under composters’ operating conditions?