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Top 25 Recycling Facts and Statistics for 2022

Top 25 Recycling Facts and Statistics for 2022

Are you curious about the state of recycling in 2022? Check out our updated list for 25 of the most relevant statistics on the recycling industry.  Considering the EPA hasn’t released an updated report on the state of recycling and waste since 2018, it can be difficult to get an idea of how the recycling […]

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    U.S. Nuclear Waste Sites Face Sea-Level Rise Threat

    U.S. Nuclear Waste Sites Face Sea-Level Rise Threat

    Nuclear power is a source of low-carbon electricity, but producing it creates dangerous radioactive waste that needs to be stored safely and permanently. Recent research suggests that as seas rise, some nuclear waste storage facilities are at risk of flooding or storm damage. “We really focused in to say, ‘OK, well, how many plants might […]

    E-Waste Management Is Not Keeping Pace With Consumer Electronics

    E-Waste Management Is Not Keeping Pace With Consumer Electronics

    By Callie Babbitt and Shahana Althaf It’s hard to imagine navigating modern life without a mobile phone in hand. Computers, tablets and smartphones have transformed how we communicate, work, learn, share news and entertain ourselves. They became even more essential when the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes, meetings and social connections online. But few people realize […]

    Can Fireworks Ever Become Eco-Friendly?

    Can Fireworks Ever Become Eco-Friendly?

    By Elliot Douglas First developed in China more than a thousand years ago, fireworks have since become an integral part of celebrations all over the world. From New Year’s Eve festivities, to U.S. Independence Day and Diwali in India, many events have become almost synonymous with the spark and spectacle of mini explosions lighting up […]

    These Four Companies Are Embracing the Circular Economy

    These Four Companies Are Embracing the Circular Economy

    By Sean Fleming What goes around comes around, according to the old saying. And in the case of the circular economy, that’s certainly true. The circular economy takes a different approach to the take-make-dispose model of consumption to which many have become accustomed. By reusing and recycling as much as possible, plus repurposing and selling […]

    Biden Faces Pressure to Tackle Backlog of ‘Unfunded’ Toxic Waste Sites

    Biden Faces Pressure to Tackle Backlog of ‘Unfunded’ Toxic Waste Sites

    By Jessica Corbett A joint report on Monday highlighted the pressure that President-elect Joe Biden is already facing to deliver on his environmental justice campaign promises—particularly when it comes to the 34 Superfund sites nationwide for which there is no reliable cleanup funding—the largest backlog of “unfunded” sites in 15 years. The federal Superfund program […]

    Free Returns Are Costing the Environment

    Free Returns Are Costing the Environment

    Many people shop online for everything from clothes to appliances. If they do not like the product, they simply return it. But there’s an environmental cost to returns. Meagan Knowlton is a sustainability manager at Optoro, a company that helps retailers process and resell returns. Optoro estimates that each year, returns in the U.S. create […]

    Designing Batteries for Easier Recycling Could Avert Looming E-Waste Crisis

    Designing Batteries for Easier Recycling Could Avert Looming E-Waste Crisis

    By Zheng Chen and Darren H. S. Tan As concern mounts over the impacts of climate change, many experts are calling for greater use of electricity as a substitute for fossil fuels. Powered by advancements in battery technology, the number of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on U.S. roads is increasing. And utilities are generating […]