Waste P2: Safer Chemicals, Styrofoam, Are K-cups the cigarette butts of coffee drinkers? and more

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May 15, 2015 

Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau
Department of Environmental Quality
Sandra Boggs

News and Updates

  1. Demand for Safer Chemistry Will Stimulate Growth and Jobs for Years

“Making the Business & Economic Case for Safer Chemistry” estimates that demand for safer chemicals will result in more growth and jobs than conventional chemistry through 2020. The report, commissioned by the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council and the American Sustainable Business Council concludes that liabilities associated with conventional chemistry, and consumer demand for healthier products will encourage strong growth in the ‘safer’ chemistry industry.




Is Styrofoam® Recyclable? Check out this interesting video, which says “yes” and “no”….


  1. ICFPA Releases ‘Statement on Paper Recycling”

ICFPA (International Council of Forest and Paper Associations) released a two page statement on policies designed to increase paper recycling. The Statement also includes interesting tidbits such as paper that is old, such as that stored for long periods of time as books or archival records, usually cannot withstand the recycling process. It also says that paper fibers can be recycled anywhere from five to seven times in new paper products. The statement goes on to encourage more source-separated collection of paper as opposed to mingling it with other recyclables. This keeps the quality of the collected paper from being diminished due to contamination with dirt, liquids and food residue.


  1. 3. Another Man’s Treasure: A History of Trash – Radio Program (w/Transcripts)

From BackStory with the American History Guys: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/trash/ Worth listening to…

  1. Are K-cups® the cigarette butt of coffee drinkers?

The convenient, yet hard-to-recycle pods create a lot of unsightly waste. Find out what is happening to make recycling these pods easier in the future.



Keurig’s Grounds to Grow On program: https://www.groundstogrowon.com/keurig/learn-more.html


  1. Low Prices Hurting Plastics Recyclers: NY Story

Plastic News speaks with recyclers on the East Coast, who are struggling as much as recyclers anywhere. http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20150511/NEWS/150519998/challenging-resin-prices-worry-ny-recycling-supporters#email_sustain

  1. Beverage Packaging and Sustainability: AMERIPEN

AMERIPEN (American Institute for Packaging and the Environment) has created a brochure highlighting the sustainability of the many forms of packaging for beverages. Read what they have to say about asceptic juice cartons and other hard-to-recycle packaging.

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May 19, 2015

Noon – 1:30 pm


Let’s Roll! Cart-based Recycling

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May 19, 2015

11:30 am – 12:45 pm


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May 21, 2015

11 am – Noon


PAYT: Growth & Opportunity for Sustainable Materials Management

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May 21, 2015

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May 21, 2015

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