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First the Bags Speak and Now Wegmans: Bring More Back

Thursday April 17, 2014

Wegmans will contribute to The Nature Conservancy if it can recycle more plastic bags.

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Earlier this year Wegmans changed its bag and in-store messaging to promote empty bag return for recycling (see photo). That bag messaging includes: "Return to Sender" and"Don't trash it - bags recycled through the grocery retailer are transformed into new Wegmans bags...made from 40% recycled content."

Wegmans didn't stop there. Now Wegmans is collaborating with The Nature Conservancy to additionally raise awareness. The chain says it will donate 50 cents per pound of plastic recycled greater than the amount received in April 2013. Wegmans says it is so positive of a positive response that it is pledging a minimumum of $10,000.

As for the fine print, in 2013, Wegmans and its customers recycled about 11 million bags, or about 177,000 pounds of plastic. For April 2014, for every pound collected greater than 177,000 pounds, the chain will kick in with $0.50 to The Nature Conservancy.

Mary Ellen Burris, Senior Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Wegmans is hoping that this move inspires customers to recycle even more this year. In another move to promote Earth Day, the first 300 customers to bring in a bunch of clean, dry plastic bags to each store on April 26, starting at 11 AM, will receive a coupon for a reusable shopping bag. Reuse, says Burris, is still the best policy.

So what do I think about a move like this? First of all, when it comes to recycling backstage, such as the recycling of stretch wrap on skids of merchandise, retailers do a great job - recording a recycling rate of over 90 percent. As for recycling checkstand bags, the Wegmans move seems well intended and a step up from many peers, but way too little, way too late - in my opinion. Is anyone willing to be brave?

Partnership Results in Successful eCycling Program

Thursday April 17, 2014

Fujitsu America, Inc. in partnership with AnythingIT, a fully-certified and compliant electronics recycler, has yielded over 150,000pounds of recycled electronics over the last eight years.

With the rapid growth of enterprise technology, including such devices as computers, tablets and laptops as a necessity for productivity maximization, likewise increases the demand for responsible recycling.

"From supporting new clients with our technology to helping upgrade current ones, we are dedicated to supporting the entire lifecycle of electronics and are extremely happy to be working with AnythingIT to ensure that all of the de-manufactured materials are recycled in the most eco-friendly, responsible way," says Kevin Wrenn, senior vice president, PC business, Fujitsu America, Inc.

Outdated technology recovered from Fujitsu installations are given to AnythingIT for responsible recycling, regardless of manufacturer.

Don't Mess with Sepsis

Tuesday April 15, 2014

When I started shaking uncontrollably, my wife decided to take me to the emergency ward. We got there before my fever came on, but it caught up with us soon enough. And that's when the other symptoms started to kick in.

Just in case anyone has been wondering what I've been up to for the last few weeks, I was sidetracked with sepsis after undergoing a prostate biopsy at the beginning of April. As it turned out, I was teetering at the verge of septic shock, and had to spend several days in the hospital Intensive Care Unit as I recovered.

Needless to say, I was oblivious to all of the announcements coming out of the ISRI Convention last week (I'll try to catch up soon) not to mention the disturbing report about Hillary Clinton ducking a tossed shoe during an address at the ISRI show. She successfully dodged the projectile and managed to make a few jokes about it.

I was blissfully unaware of how bad sepsis can be. Of course, now I get the picture. Every 3 heart beats, someone dies of sepsis. World Sepsis Day is September 13, 2014.

Dell Wins Design for Recycling® Award

Wednesday April 2, 2014

We need to build more durable products that provide the realistic opportunity for 100 percent recycling. For that to happen, we must continue to make strides in design for recycling. Okay, now I'll get off my soap box and get to the good news.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has named Dell Inc. as the winner of the 2014 Design for Recycling® (DFR) AwardDesign for Recycling Award. The DFR Award is ISRI's highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes. Recycling is emphasized during every phase of the product lifecycle for two of Dell's tablets and a laptop model.

The specific products being recognized are the Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 10 tablets, and their Latitude E7240 laptop. Features noted were modularity in design, clear labeling of parts for identification, minimal use of glues and adhesives, as well as handy disassembly guides. Also noteworthy is Dell's use of recycled materials, including nearly 8 million pounds of recycled-content plastic for its monitors and desktops, cushioning material made from sustainable bamboo and mushrooms, and boxes utilizing post-harvest wheat waste mixed with recycled-content corrugate.

For a product to be eligible for ISRI's Design for Recycling® Award, a product must be designed/manufactured to:

  • minimize raw material usage by utilizing recycled components or materials
  • minimize the time and cost of recycling the product
  • utilize the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable
  • be free of materials that impede recycling, or are not recyclable
  • be cost effective to recycle (less costly than the value of recovered material)
  • facilitate ease of recycling through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures
  • have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.
  • The DFR award was launched by ISRI more than 25 years ago, with prior winners including the likes of Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, Hewlett-Packard, The Herman Miller Company, and others.

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