By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Catalyst Paper will close its 350,000-ton-per-year Snowflake, Arizona all-recycled graphic paper mill by October. The action, which affects 308 workers, was due in part to the high cost of old newspaper bales, say company officials.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies who sell products in the California county to pay for a collection program for any unwanted medicines. The Product Stewardship Institute, Product Policy Institute and the California Product Stewardship Council, all organizations advocating for policies that require manufacturers to pay for the disposal of their products, applauded the move.
The drawn-out  battle to expand Massachusetts bottle bill appears to be over — for now. Although the bottle bill expansion passed the state Senate  as an amendment to a jobs and economic development bill, it has died in committee, reports LexingtonPatch . The bill faced a tough road the legislature's lower chamber with House Speaker Robert DeLeo repeatedly calling the expansion a tax.
Organizers of the London Summer Olympics have promised that this year's games will be the most sustainable ever. Earth911 has put together a slideshow  highlighting what organizers have accomplished so far, and GreenBiz has a rundown  of how the games will be greener.
The biggest blaze to hit Chattooga County, Georgia in almost three decades has broken out at a plastics recycling facility, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press . More than 400 firefighters and emergency personnel from 50 agencies have responded to fire which, so far, has required 1 million gallons of water to put out, the paper reports.
About 1,300 homes in the Vale Royal area in England will be part of a pilot project aimed at recycling diapers, reports the BBC . Families have been given special sacks to collect the diapers that will be recycled into roof tiles and plastic bins.
The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. has formed a new business partnership with WellSpring Environmental Services, LLC and Ultra-Poly Corporation to collect and recycle plastic well pad liners from gas drilling sites in the Marcellus Shale region. The new venture is expected to bring in at least 20 million pounds of plastic well pad liner material.
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