McDonald’s – Company Agrees to Replace Paper for Polystyrene Cups at All U.S. Restaurants

After nearly three years of engagement with As You Sow, McDonald’s agreed on September 24, 2013 to replace its polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all 14,000 U.S. restaurants.  

Veolia E-Waste Recycling Facility to Recover Mercury & Rare Earths in U.S.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions has opened a new electronics recycling facility that is capable of recovering more than 99% by weight of a fluorescent lamp in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. According to the company the new plant features the latest state-of-the-art

Carton Council: 45 states now have carton recycling programs

More than 51 million American households in 45 states can now recycle cartons through curbside recycling programs, the Carton Council announced. Alabama recently became the 45th state to offer carton recycling via one of its residential recycling programs, according to

Coffee makers wrestle with recyclability of single-serve pods

As America’s culture of convenience continues to flourish, single-cup coffee makers have become increasingly popular among coffee drinkers. But beneath those expedient one-cup coffee pods lies a growing environmental problem.

100 million pounds of e-waste recycled in Wisconsin since landfill ban

More than 100 million pounds of e-waste has been collected in Wisconsin since it began a statewide ban on disposing consumer electronics in landfills three years ago, state officials told The Associated Press. “It definitely adds up when you think

Study finds mercury thermostat recycling in most states to be ineffective

Manufacturer-run programs for recycling mercury thermostats may be failing to keep the neurotoxin out of landfills in most states, according to a report released April 2 by the Mercury Policy Project, an environmental interest group.

California Considering Battery Recycling Bill

By Allan Gerlat | Waste Age The California legislature is considering a bill that would create a recycling and disposal program for non-rechargeable batteries sold in the state. All household batteries have been banned from landfills in California since

New York City May Ban Styrofoam; Looks to Double Recycling Rate

New York City may ban Styrofoam containers and is looking to double its recycling rate to 30 percent by 2017, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his state of the city address. Bloomberg said in his address that the Styrofoam plastic