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sábado, 12 de abril de 2014

Is achieving “Zero Waste” possible? - "Últimos posts de 30 dos meus blogs favoritos" - 12

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Is achieving “Zero Waste” possible?

Recently I lectured in my hometown about the top 10 ways to take your office to zero waste. Based on feedback from that blog I was invited by Barbara Weigand, of Copper River Salon in Princeton, NJ, to audit her salon and advise her on how to become a zero waste business.

I was pleased to see, as I waked in, that Copper River had already started on the path to Zero Waste. They were recycling everything that they
can recycle municipally and were running the Garnier Beauty Brigade for their cosmetic waste, a free way to turn cosmetic and beauty packaging into donations for non-profits!

Local recycling: when implementing local recycling at your business or your home, it is critical to read up on what is recyclable and what is not, as it varies city by city. For example, in some cities you can recycle HDPE (#2) plastic and in some you can’t. The same goes for PP (#5) plastic and juice cartons. A fantastic resource to discover what is recyclable and what is not in your local community is www.earth911.org. You can also call your local recycling center to ask them directly.

As background, even though plastics emerged at the turn of the twentieth century, the first North American plastic recycling programs started only when a number of US states instituted bottle deposit return programs in the 1980s. These programs gained popularity in the 1990s, and today approximately
 25 percent of rigid #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) plastics are recycled (still rather disappointing). All other forms of plastic—#3 (PVC) to #7 (other)—and all flexible films are not recycled in any meaningful way anywhere in the world. That being the case, only about 5 percent of all plastics in the United States are actually recycled.... LINK

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