Here’s the Waste Robotics Market News including the 10 key news of this week in waste and recycling industries. Everyone needs to take part in food waste and other waste reduction. However, if we can efficiently collect waste, at least we can sort it to valorize it.
The truth about food labeling and when to actually throw food out
May 6th, 2018 – Deciphering when food is no longer safe to eat is difficult for a lot of Americans. Varying food labels and lack of federal regulation contributes to this confusion. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that food waste accounts for 30-40 percent of the American food supply. To reduce food waste, the USDA aims for a more unified labeling system soon but for now, there are still many different labels.
Tips to ensure your garden compost works effectively
May 4th, 2018 – Want to reduce the amount of waste your household is producing? One low-cost way is to divert food waste from landfills and return its nutrients and carbon back to the soil through composting. “Home composting is a great method of reducing your family’s waste. Even if you only have a small garden or balcony, there are lots of ways you can go about composting, Emilie Porterfield, Co-owner, Pop-Up Gardens says. “Choosing the right compost method for your home is important.”
Pingree, Young launch bipartisan food waste caucus
May 4th, 2018 – On April 30, Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and David Young, R-Iowa, launched a bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste. The previous Friday was “Stop Food Waste Day,” an international day of action to address food waste. It is estimated that 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. A recent USDA Agricultural Research Service study found that U.S. consumers waste almost 1 pound of food per person per day.
Tesco to Fight Food Waste with New Cold-pressed Juices
May 7th, 2018 – Tesco is launching a new cold-pressed juice line called Waste NOT, which will be made entirely from imperfect fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be discarded. This effort could save up to 3.5 tonnes of surplus fruits and vegetables in the first 12 weeks alone, according to the company. Waste NOT will launch with four flavors—orange, carrot and apple; beetroot and apple; apple, watermelon, strawberry, cucumber and mint; and orange, apple, celery and spinach—and come in eco-friendly bottles made from 30 percent recycled plastic.
The problem of plastic
May 3rd, 2018 – It may make us feel virtuous to throw plastics into the blue bin. But the uncomfortable reality is that most aren’t salvaged – whether they bear recycling symbols or not. Instead, they end up scattered across the land and floating in our oceans, where creatures as small as plankton and as big as whales mistake them for food and eat or inhale them.
Ecomaine warns public it may start paying a price for sloppy recycling
May 4th, 2018 – Ecomaine has a message for recycling customers – if you keep sending us trash mixed in with materials for recycling, it is going to cost you. The nonprofit corporation is losing thousands of dollars a month as it struggles to pick out as much non-recyclable material – called contamination – as it can from the thousands of tons of recycling it processes every year. The current problem: a global price collapse brought on by a Chinese ban on importing many types of waste.
Large Ont. cities have 7 years to add curbside collection of organic and food waste
May 3rd, 2018 – Large cities in southern Ontario have seven years to add a program that will collect and process food and organic waste. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved a framework this week that expands collection of food and organic waste requirements to apartment buildings, shopping centres, public institutions and certain sized municipalities.
Government launches tyre and clothing microplastics research to protect oceans
April 30th, 2018 – Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has pledged £200,000 to research the impact of tyres and clothing on the marine environment. Scientists at the University of Plymouth will use the funding to explore how plastic particles from tyres, synthetic materials and fishing gear enter waterways and oceans and the impact they have on marine life. The 11-month project will build on research already underway which estimates tyres contribute 270,000 tonnes of plastic per year while a single wash load of acrylic clothing could release over 700,000 microfibres.
Food industry takes aim at food waste
May 3rd, 2018 – Two Canadian food organizations have secured a grant worth more than $650,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation to examine Canadian attitudes on food waste and to help Canadian food and beverage companies reduce the amount of waste that occurs during their manufacturing processes. The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity and the Provision Coalition — an association of food manufacturing organizations — will lead the project, which is ultimately aimed at learning more about food waste and reducing it through education and the adoption of improving food manufacturing practices.
Congress to Help Promote Food Waste Reduction
May 4th, 2018 – Bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus, a new group made up of lawmakers, is looking for opportunities to reduce food waste generated by U.S. consumers and ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain. The group is expected to “shine a spotlight” on Department of Agriculture research indicating that Americans waste nearly one pound of food per day, according to Meatingplace.
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