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Category : Recycling, Composting, Waste

EPA Incorporates Great Forest’s Metric Into Updated Industry Standard

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into their updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. These conversions can now be used across all industries to help standardize how waste and recycling is tracked. This is the first time an acceptable standard is available for calculating … Continue reading EPA Incorporates Great Forest’s Metric Into Updated Industry Standard

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Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

Fairmont Hotel San Francisco. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri, CC

What do you do if you need to get rid of 100 gallons of furniture polish and clear out over 400 beds? While many businesses would simply pay to get the items hauled away, often to the landfill, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco turned to a nonprofit it had worked with before. In September, we told … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

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20 Tips To Get You Started For America Recycles Day On Nov. 15

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America Recycles Day is November 15. It is the one day to remind yourself and everyone around you about the importance of recycling. NEED HELP? Here are 20 TIPS to get you started. Following this list of 20 tips will set you on the path to reducing waste and increasing recycling in the most efficient … Continue reading 20 Tips To Get You Started For America Recycles Day On Nov. 15

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What The Surprising Results From 3,550 Site Visits Reveal About Businesses And Recycling

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This blog post is from Great Forest sustainability research intern Kathleen Emerson, a recent graduate from Hunter College holding a B.A. in Environmental Studies: Policy and Management. She is a zero waste enthusiast who is actively mindful of reducing consumption and properly handling waste. She is passionate about sustainability and waste management and wants to continue … Continue reading What The Surprising Results From 3,550 Site Visits Reveal About Businesses And Recycling

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Spotlight: Our New Standardized Labels Can Increase Recycling

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Our new recycling stickers have arrived!  These new labels have been proven to increase recycling, and are part of what has been called the “#1 solution to fix recycling.” Great Forest is proud to be working with the nonprofit Recycle Across America to encourage the use of standardized recycling bin labels in order to make … Continue reading Spotlight: Our New Standardized Labels Can Increase Recycling

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Grants Available For Recycling in Delaware

Businesses, institutions and organizations in Delaware may be eligible to receive financial help to install or expand their recycling programs through the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program. Grant applications are due March 3, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2015, and projects must be completed by May 2016. Learn more and apply online.

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VIDEO: Recycling More vs. Recycling Right (Highlights From SXSW Panel)

This 3 min. video offers highlights of the panel discussion on “Recycling More vs. Recycling Right in America” at the 2014 SXSW Eco Conference on sustainability in Austin, Texas. The discussion was moderated by the National Waste & Recycling Association’s President and CEO Sharon H. Kneiss, and includes Brenda Pulley from Keep America Beautiful, and Phil Bresee from … Continue reading VIDEO: Recycling More vs. Recycling Right (Highlights From SXSW Panel)

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VIDEO: What to do with e-waste in New York (1 minute video)

Here’s a one-minute video that tells you what you can do with e-waste in New York, including the e-cycle NYC program that offers e-waste pick up from buildings, and info on over 90 retail locations in NYC where you can drop off e-waste, including Staples, Best Buy, Goodwill and the Salvation Army. In New York State, check … Continue reading VIDEO: What to do with e-waste in New York (1 minute video)

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Regulation Updates: E-Waste, Styrofoam, and more

Update: Sept. 22, 2015 – Judge strikes down NYC’s foam ban.  The city is exploring its options for reinstituting the ban, including an appeal. We will keep you updated.  New Year, New Rules Across The Country: Here are selected highlights of new and upcoming rules affecting clients across the country.  Check back for updates. 1) NY … Continue reading Regulation Updates: E-Waste, Styrofoam, and more

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How Is E-Waste Recycled? (VIDEO)

Lifecycle of Electronics (Infographic from e-stewards.org)

The United Nations Environment Program calls electronic waste the “fastest growing waste stream in the world.” In 2015, NYC joined a growing list of cities and states requiring the proper disposal and recycling of e-waste. A typical building generates close to one ton of e-waste every few months.  Many buildings (and homes) have tons of e-waste in … Continue reading How Is E-Waste Recycled? (VIDEO)

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How Big Is Your E-Waste “Secret”?

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  It is in your home, and in your office, lurking around in the deep dark recesses of your basement or closet – a collection of old electronics that have been stored away, taking up valuable space. Just how big is this “secret” e-waste stash that everyone has? We recently got a hint. To mark … Continue reading How Big Is Your E-Waste “Secret”?

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