Category Archives: Sustainability

Recycling drops in 16 London boroughs

Recycling and refuse plant

Almost half of London boroughs are recycling less domestic waste, latest figures show.

Sixteen of thirty-three London boroughs have seen a drop in the amount of waste being recycled in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13.

Newham is the worst performer, dropping 3.4% year on year. Havering, Wandsworth, Richmond and Lewisham make up the five worst performers.

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Young Americans Less Likely to Recycle

Younger Americans are less likely to recycle and be green than older age groups, according to a new survey.

American adults ages 18-34 are significantly less likely to say they always recycle than those older – 33 percent compared with 48 percent, according to an online poll conducted in November of more than 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll and commissioned by the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

In addition, those 18-34 are less likely to say that recycling is the socially responsible thing to do, that it is critical to reducing energy consumption and will help reduce landfill space than Americans in older age categories.

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How to Implement a School Recycling Program

Recycling and schools are a natural fit. Schools have large numbers of people generating lots of waste—much which is recyclable. Environmentally, recycling reduces the amount of waste heading to landfills and incinerators. Additionally, recycling can reduce carbon emission and conserve natural resources. Economically, a school may be able to reduce the volume of waste they need to dispose of resulting in a reduction in the size or quantity of waste collection containers and service.

That said, everyone needs to understand that recycling is not free and a school may have to spend money to pay for the cost of containers and extra pickups of recyclables. Best advice is to work with a reputable local hauler who, in most cases, will help design a recycling program that is both environmentally sound and cost effective.

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Aluminum Can Recycling Remains Strong at 66.7 Percent in 2013 – Study

Aluminum cans were recycled at a rate of 66.7 percent in 2013, remaining the most recycled beverage packaging type in the United States, according to a new report.

The rate stayed above 65 percent for the third consecutive year, compared to an average rate of 54 percent reported during the previous decade, according to a study by the Aluminum Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI).

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Corporate America and Sustainability

In the U.S. “sustainability” is a growing trend amongst many businesses. Corporate sustainability maintains the focus on profit maximization, but also takes into account other key factors such as environmental protection and development. With millions of thriving businesses in the U.S., the consequences of the way these enterprises conduct business must be taken into consideration.

Here at Action we practice sustainability by using eco-friendly business practices, and by working with not-for-profit organizations such as PENCIL.

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WM CEO: Didn’t educate customers on recycling

Recycling, is it different everywhere? Or are there basic guidelines that we can all follow? What happens to my recyclables after they are collected?

These are questions we all have! At the Action Environmental Group we are facing the same problems as Waste Management in customer education. We realize that customer education is KEY into making recycling successful and Waste Management’s CEO explains why

WM CEO: Didn’t Educate Customers