As companies shift from zero waste programs to materials management focus, waste and recycling cost centers often evolve into recycling profit centers. The ZWA Blog post, Emerging Trend: Recycling Profit Centers, details how astute business leaders understand by-products generated in their operations are valuable materials for another industry's production process. At the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council June conference, the powerful presentations validated a strong materials management program improves bottom lines. The ZWA Blog post, U.S. Zero Waste Business Council hosts first-rate conference, gives an overview of the conference along with links to speaker presentations.
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In July, 2011 The U.S. EPA hosted a webinar, Single Stream Recycling: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. addressing single-stream recycling's effectiveness, or lack thereof. The ZWA Blog, Single Stream Recycling: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, gives a webinar overview along with commentary.
Within Recycling Integrity, maintaining maximum material value with minimum energy expended, the by-product generator retains responsibility for a "highest good" material destination. Education on the available options and infrastructure is key along with a proactive approach.
A common theme in successful materials management programs is teamwork between companies and their suppliers. For many manufacturers a significant portion of their waste is in the form of packaging. Companies like Ricoh Electronics and Subaru of Indiana Automotive worked with suppliers to develop reusable packaging that is returned for use in the next shipment. Thus, reducing waste and costs.
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Cost-effective coatings that are recyclable and compostable exist to replace traditional wax . Thus, the cellulose fiber in the cardboard may recycle another five to six times before its final paper use in compostable napkins and tissue paper. Note a significant portion of napkins and tissue paper is made from virgin forests, wasting potentially six to seven fiber lives in various paper products.
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The ZWA Blog post, Waxed Cardboard = Landfill Destiny = $$ Lost, is an overview of the National Restaurant Association 2012 Show educational session, Challenging the Value-Chain to Transform Transport Packaging: Eco-Friendly , Wallet-Friendly Solutions. Ei Chair Scott Seydel orchestrated and Lily Kelly with Global Green's CoRR moderated an excellent educational session on transport packaging, with a focus on waxed cardboard boxes.
Working together and using the power of consumer demand, national industry leaders are creating an evolved paradigm where sustainable practices are best practices as they make solid business sense. The ZWA Blog post, Consumer Demand: A Powerful Voice to Effect Change, sets the stage for Ei's Product Stewardship focus grounded in Economics 101, the power of supply and demand.
These are thrilling times! Pioneers are stepping forward as industry heroes and blazing trails to a reality where landfills are mined for valuable material and no longer a destination. Stay tuned ...