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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source
In late March, a project in eastern North Carolina revealed the potential to turn every hog farm in the state into a source of renewable natural gas, or what's known as swine biogas. Source: NPR, 4/17/18

Don't Call it Food Waste: Entrepreneurs Turn Surplus Food into Gold
Food startups are diverting raw materials from coffee-bean husks to spent beer-brewing grains from the landfill and developing markets for upcycled products in the process. Source: Civil Eats, 4/12/18

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Hasbro Partners with TerraCycle to Launch Toy and Game Recycling Pilot Program
Through the program, consumers can collect and send their Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, which will recycle the materials for innovative uses. Source: Waste360, 4/17/18

Friday, April 13, 2018
Activists Take the Fight for Fair Food to Shareholder Meetings
From climate change to animal welfare, shareholders are using stock certificates and SEC filings to push food companies to do better. Source: Civil Eats, 4/9/18

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
SIUC facility transforms dining hall waste into compost
Every day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's dining halls, hundreds of pounds of food go uneaten. The SIU Forced Air Composting Facility on Pleasant Hill Road, now in its second year in production, offers an elegant solution: Over a period of several weeks, student workers transform food waste into nutrient-rich compost, which is then used as landscaping material on campus. Source: Southern Illinoisan, 4/10/18

How Mars Inc. Aligns Sustainability with Biz Strategy: Q&A with Supply Chain Exec
Environmental Leader talks with Richard Ware, global VP of supply, R&D and procurement for Mars, about how the company aligns sustainability with their business strategy. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/10/18

Recycling renewables
Renewable energy has been hailed as the great salve for the world's climate change woes. Building massive infrastructure for solar and wind energy, and introducing electric vehicles, will help citizens in developing countries live the lifestyles they desire without the need to burn dirty fossil fuels. But though these technologies have existed for decades, there's no plan to make sure they remain green to the end. Experts forecast hundreds of thousands of tons of old wind turbine blades, batteries, and solar modules will need to be disposed of or recycled in the next decade--and millions of tons by 2050. Read on about the technologies evolving around the world to handle this unusual waste stream. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 4/9/18

Meet ReGrained, a company turning trash into delicious, nutritious treasure
The star ingredient of ReGrained snack bars is brewers' spent grain, an unsavory term for a highly nutritious, functional byproduct of beer making. The brand, which currently sources from among the dozens of local breweries in San Francisco, was built as a platform for this previously overlooked, undervalued ingredient, of which tens of billions of pounds per year are wasted or fed to pigs. Source: Food Business News, 4/6/18

Extracting Metals from E-Waste Costs 13 Times Less Than Mining Ore
Recovering gold, copper, and other metals from electronic waste isn't just sustainable, it's actually 13 times cheaper than extracting metals from mines, researchers report in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/9/18

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say
River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found. Source: The Guardian, 4/10/18

Friday, April 6, 2018
How to Ensure a Seat at the Table: Three Tips from Dennis Hu
Environmental managers, who are increasingly charged with not just implementing sustainability initiatives but with ensuring those initiatives boost the bottom line, are becoming more involved in shaping a company's overall strategy. These executives play an important role in accomplishing their organizations' business goals. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/5/18

This blockchain startup is hungry to address the grocery industry's food waste dilemma
A new app from startup INS Ecosystem, which will be tested in several markets starting later this year, could help balance supply and demand. Source: GreenBiz, 4/5/18

Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste
Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there's new research that's found microplastics in fertilizer -- organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact. Source: NPR, 4/6/18

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