California will lose a House seat for the first time, and the scramble is on

By |2021-04-28T16:38:40+00:00April 28th, 2021|Recent News|

OAKLAND — Slow-growing California is losing a House seat for the first time, setting off an unprecedented political reshuffle that will ripple through every level of government. California’s elected officials and prospective challengers have spent months in a campaign holding pattern, Read more

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California provides millions in grants to boost recycling

By |2021-04-27T17:30:01+00:00April 27th, 2021|Recent News|

Over $10 million in cap-and-trade program dollars have been awarded to California companies that recover PET, glass and textiles. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on April 19 approved nearly $10.5 million in grants to California manufacturers. Read more

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Have California Democrats abandoned climate change leadership? Sure looks like it

By |2021-04-23T15:32:25+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Recent News|

The era of California’s big climate ambitions is over, even as California’s megadroughts and wildfires worsen. California’s biggest climate bill of 2021 is already dead, having failed to survive its first hearing in a Senate committee. Senate Bill 467 would have done three things: established 2,500-foot setbacks between oil wells and people’s homes; ensured a

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U.S. Recycling: The Come Back is Better than Ever (Commentary)

By |2021-04-09T17:21:45+00:00April 9th, 2021|Recent News|

Stagnant for 15 years and punched in the gut by China’s decision to stop importing any recycled materials from the US at the end of 2017, recycling rates have fallen for three years. Across the U.S., programs were cancelled and recycled materials sent to landfills and incinerators. The national recycling rate fell from 35% to

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California Air Resources Board proposes cuts to VOC limits in consumer products

By |2021-03-18T15:45:24+00:00March 18th, 2021|Recent News|

Proposed amendments to consumer products regulations would affect retailers and manufacturers of aerosol air fresheners, hair care products, fragrances, and insecticides. Suppliers and distributors of many consumer products sold in California are currently subject to one of the strictest volatile organic compound (VOC) content standards in the world under the California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s

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EPA should ‘reconsider’ strategy for chemical risk evaluations: National Academies

By |2021-03-11T18:11:24+00:00March 11th, 2021|Recent News|

Washington — The systematic review process used by the Environmental Protection Agency to complete chemical risk evaluations under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act contains multiple shortcomings, and the agency should “reconsider its overall strategy” for such assessments, concludes a recently published report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering

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9 Upfront Decisions That Affect Plastic Bottle Recyclability

By |2021-03-11T01:43:56+00:00March 11th, 2021|Recent News|

In the path to creating packaging components that can be recycled, many brands fail to understand how upfront decisions can have a dramatic impact on downstream results. For example, having a basic understanding of how a package journeys through a “materials recovery facility” or MRF, as it is commonly referred to, is critical knowledge necessary

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