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News for Food Industry Leaders | November 10, 2011

Special Report: America Recycles, Part 2
America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15, is only one day, but it's a reminder for Americans throughout the year to discard their waste appropriately and conserve natural resources and to inspire others to do the same.

Part 1 of this report, published Tuesday, reported that plastic recycling is on the rise and that the amount of plastic waste in U.S. landfills could theoretically replace nearly five days' worth of U.S. oil consumption if converted to fuel oil, according to a report. In Part 2, we'll share stories of how CPG companies are reusing recycled material and encouraging customers to recycle.

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  In the News 
  • 5 U.S. companies will test voluntary recycling labels
    Microsoft, ConAgra Foods and Costco Wholesale are among U.S. firms that committed to be part of the Package Recovery Label System pilot project that the Sustainable Packaging Coalition will launch next year. "Consumers are faced with a confusing landscape of recycling messages and instructions that are often inconsistent or misleading," said Anne Bedarf, the initiative's project manager, adding that "this label will create a harmonized system that will help consumers and companies contribute to more effective resource recovery." (10/19) Email this Story
  • Report details energy costs of not recycling plastic waste
    The amount of plastic waste in U.S. landfills could theoretically replace nearly five days' worth of U.S. oil consumption if converted to fuel oil, according to a report commissioned by the American Chemistry Council. "Landfilling of [nonrecycled plastics] constitutes a loss of a valuable energy resource," the report says. "Capturing the energy value of nonrecycled plastics -- and municipal solid waste in general -- makes good sense because it provides a good domestic form of energy while minimizing impacts on the environment," said Marco Castaldi, associate director at the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University, which conducted the research. (10/17) Email this Story
  • Coca-Cola Amatil invests $35 million in blow-fill lines in Australia
    Coca-Cola Amatil installed two blow-fill lines at its facility in south Australia, allowing it to redesign PET bottles so they are lighter. "Blow fill is also delivering against our key environmental sustainability goals in both energy and water savings and is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of our beverage containers by over 20%," said Managing Director Warwick White. (10/17) Email this Story
  • Oregon hit 50% waste-recovery goal in 2010
    Oregon diverts about half of all waste away from landfills, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. The recycling efforts had the knock-on consequence of reducing Oregon's energy use by 3% and emissions by 4%, officials said. (10/6) Email this Story
  • Calif. laws use incentives and goals to boost recycling
    California enacted two recycling laws that are expected to increase the amount of plastic recycled and processed. One measure aims to keep recycled bottles in California for processing instead of sending them to China. "When we ship used soda and water bottles to China, we are exporting thousands of jobs overseas that could just as readily exist in California if the appropriate investments were set up to support it," said Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who co-sponsored the legislation. (10/7) Email this Story
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