Environmental Issues: Recycling

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Waste and Opportunity 2015
Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging

Report
The environmental implications of consumer packaging are an increasingly important component of corporate sustainability programs. Because of finite and dwindling raw material sources, and because wasting materials with significant economic value is an inefficient use of those limited resources, brands that place packaging into commerce need to take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.
Guide to Composting at Sports Venues
Guide
There are many opportunities to divert waste from a landfill or incinerator by initiating composting programs at a stadium or arena, ranging from collection of grass clippings and other landscaping wastes to collecting kitchen scraps, fan food waste, and compostable serviceware.
California’s New Recycling Goal is a Green Jobs Creator
Achieving 75 percent recycling in California could produce more than 110,000 jobs.

Report
California already leads the nation in green jobs creation, and increasing recycling and the industry that supports it will create even more jobs.
Celebrate Earth Day
Our special package of resources will help you make this day -- and every day -- a great day for the planet.

Overview
Our special package of Earth Day resources will help you make this day -- and every day -- a great day for the planet.
What to Do About E-Waste
A helpful how-to guide for keeping your computers, cell phones and other used electronics out of landfills.

Guide
A helpful how-to guide for keeping your computers, cell phones and other used electronics out of landfills.
Recycling 101
A refresher course in the basics, plus tips to take your recycling game to the next level.

Guide
A refresher course in the basics, plus tips to take your recycling game to the next level.
The Past, Present and Future of Recycling
Recycling's up, but so is trash.

Overview
Despite the growing popularity of recycling, it's being outpaced by the volume of garbage we produce.
Trash Landings
How Airlines and Airports Can Clean Up Their Recycling Programs

Report
The U.S. airline industry discards enough aluminum cans each year to build 58 Boeing 747 airplanes, along with thousands of tons of plastics, magazines and newspapers. All of this waste represents unrealized potential for airlines and airports to save money, reduce global warming pollution and improve efficiency.
Recycling Returns
Ten Reforms for Making New York City's Recycling Program More Cost-Effective

Report
After suspending glass and plastic recycling in the summer of 2002 due to record budget deficits, New York City has restored its full recycling program. This April 2004 NRDC report, shaped by a steering committee of representatives from 10 environmental and consumer groups, recommends strategies to make recycling more economically stable, while helping to expand New York's recycling program.
Too Good To Throw Away
Recycling's Proven Record

Report
A report detailing the environmental benefits of recycling and addressing the claims of a small but vocal chorus of special interests that have tried to cast doubt on its value.

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