Traditional bottle deposits to be piloted in Scotland - Caelia Quinault

June 11th, 2012 - Scotland - The Scottish Government has announced £900,000 in funding through its waste delivery body Zero Waste Scotland to develop pilot ‘deposit return’ and ‘reverse vending’ facilities.  These systems will reward people for recycling empty bottles and cans through a range of incentives such as money back, discount vouchers or loyalty points. Read More

Quebec to raise beverage container deposits to 10 cents - Shawn Wright

June 11th, 2012 - Canada - Quebec plans to raise deposits for beer and soft drink cans to 10 cents per returned item by the end of this year under a new five-year plan to deal with its recyclables. Read More

Handy Guide: Home water filtration - by Jura Koncius

May 30 2012 - Americans have a growing taste for water. Many are installing home water filters for a variety of reasons: wanting to improve the taste of their tap water, a desire to reduce consumption of bottled water and health concerns. Although drinking water in the vast majority of homes meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for quality, some consumers use point-of-use water filtration systems to help reduce certain contaminants. Most typically, carbon filters are installed on faucets or used in pitchers or bottles. Read More

Indiana’s Low Recycling Rates Upsets Manufacturers - Associated Press

May 26 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's low recycling rates are putting the squeeze on makers of glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers, and companies say the higher manufacturing costs could deter others from moving to the state. Read More

Concord, MA, Closer to Becoming First U.S. Town to Ban Bottled Water - by Cathryne Wellner

May 10th 2012 - MA - Jean Hill, an 82-year-old activist working on the ban, used the Pacific Gyre to help illustrate the amount of pollution plastic bottles are contributing to. The great garbage patch floating in the ocean was impressively horrifying enough to sway some votes. Read More