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Niaga redesigning carpet and mattresses

"All products redesigned by Niaga® are fully recyclable back into the same product" according to Dutch company DSM-Niaga® (again written backwards). "Auping is the first non-carpet company that will use the Niaga® technology to develop fully recyclable mattresses.

Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste

According to a study released April 10, 2018 by Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance, a "rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it....

One day latex paint recycling event in King County

Over six hours on a rainy Saturday in April 2018, 275 residents of Kirkland, WA paid to have 25,000 pounds of latex paint recycled as part of a new service from GreenSheen.

Recycle BC plan update seeks feedback

Recycle BC, the stewardship organization responsible for operating British Columbia's manufacturer funded packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, is seeking public feedback on its new five year plan until May 14, 2018. The draft revised plan changes the original name from "packaging and printed paper" to "packaging and paper product" amongst other updates and improvements.

Toronto recycling facing challenges awaiting EPR

The City of Toronto's recycling system is on the ropes, according to this April 11, 2018 Toronto Star article, due to three factors: contamination, China's import ban, and the "delay in the Ontario government and local partners developing and implementing a system whereby producers of waste are responsible for its sustainable disposal.

Your lifestyle is making recycling unsustainable

A March 27, 2018 CBC News article ties together changing lifestyles, the evolving ton, curbside [blue box] recycling, China policies, and producer responsibility that applies equally to the U.S. and Canada:

PaintCare California recycles 12 million gallons

Since inception in 2012 through 2017, PaintCare California has recycled 12 million gallons of paint. With 803 collection locations, 98% of Californians have a drop-off site within 15 miles of their home, and PaintCare is now collaborating with the Mattress Recycling Council to host cooperative recycling events.

Oregon's producer operated container deposit system costs less than any other in North America

In the April 18, 2018 Register-Guard, Jules Bailey of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative describes how taxpayers reap the value of Oregon’s bottle and can redemption system:

LightRecycle Washington reaches 110% of 2017 goal

In 2017, LightRecycle Washington recycled 1,317,790 million mercury-containing lights, weighing almost 615,000 pounds, 110% of the annual collection target. LightRecycle, a manufacturer operated product stewardship program run by nonprofit PCA Product Stewardship Inc.