The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that the US recycling rate of containers and packaging in 2017 was 35.2% overall. Recycling of beer and soft drink bottles as well as wine and liquor bottles each had rates of 39.1% -- with the wine and liquor rate rising from 36% in 2016.
About 77% of consumers plan to return some of their gifts this year and 20% said they'll exchange more than half of their presents, according to an Oracle survey. The trend has many retailers adjusting their policies to make returns easier and more convenient.
A bipartisan bill in Congress is proposing businesses pay for the collection and recycling of the materials they produce, and the legislation seeks to eliminate single-use plastics and expanded plastic foam cups, says bill co-sponsor Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The bill also wants to create a nationwide 10-cent container deposit and impose a moratorium on new virgin plastic facilities.
Several waste-disposal associations are supporting legislation in the House and Senate to create grant programs for local recycling education and infrastructure. The House bill, which would create matching grants for governments, would be "essential to building a reenergized recycling infrastructure and programs to meet stricter quality standards for recycling materials," said Michael Greenberg, president of the Solid Waste Association of North America.
The logistics software startup Optoro, which helps retailers improve their handling of returns, sold a minority stake to IKEA. Plans call for Optoro's technology to be brought to distribution centers and stores.
Grocers are making strides in cutting down on food waste, though some still lag behind in making commitments and showing transparency about initiatives. Walmart has switched to "Best if Used By" labels and now consolidates cartons with broken eggs, while Meijer has rolled out a discount app for products close to expiring.
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