High Costs Put Cracks in Glass-Recycling Programs

April 22nd, 2015 - In many parts of the country, glass—the original recyclable—is becoming too expensive to handle, placing a growing burden on towns and businesses. Some cities, including Harrisburg, Pa., and Charleston, W. Va., consider it more cost-effective to have residents throw glass bottles in the trash than to recycle them. Read More

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

March 31st, 2015 - In many municipalities around the country, the days of sorting your recyclables for curbside pickup are long gone, replaced by a system called "single stream" recycling. But what happens after all those bits of plastic, paper, glass and metal get put in the bin?  Read More

Does single-stream recycling really work? Yes! And no

March 8th, 2015 - If you recycle at home, chances are you take advantage of a system called “single-stream” recycling: you mix all your bottles, newspapers, cans and containers together in a roll cart or dumpster, and a truck comes by once a week to pick them up.  Read More

Sustainability in Drinks - Much Work to do on Packaging in the US

February 26th, 2015 - A recent report from environmental campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests progress on sustainable packaging by beverage companies in the US leaves a lot to be desired.  Read More

In the Battle Over Sugar Taxes, Does Big Soda Really Believe in Big Business?

January 15th, 2015 - Two months ago the citizens of Berkeley, California, made a historic decision to impose a tax on sugary soft drinks sold in the city. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and their DC-based lobbying arm, the American Beverage Association, spent a lot of money--an estimated $2 million in Berkeley alone --to crush the measure.  Read More