Rise Of The Recycling Robots

Good News Notes: “At an RDS of Virginia recycling center in Roanoke, two spider-like, 300-pound robots sort through an unending line of trash. One robot’s skinny leg, which relies on computer vision to detect recyclables, plucks a hunk of blue plastic off a conveyor belt, while the other’s grabs a piece of an old water…

Drew Barrymore donates $5k to Tampa boy’s recycling initiative

Good News Notes: “The efforts of an 11-year-old from Tampa Bay to recycle books and repurpose stuffed animals impressed 8 On Your Side viewers when we featured Zach Hartman in a ‘Something Good’ story in September. And now, Zach’s caught the eye of Hollywood! Actress and new TV show host Drew Barrymore was impressed with…

DICK’S Commits to Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Bags by 2025

Good News Notes: “DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, omni-channel sporting goods retailer, today announced two major actions to help create a future free of single-use plastic bags: a commitment to remove all single-use point-of-sale plastic bags from its stores by 2025 and a partnership with Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy. It’s estimated…

Super Enzyme That Eats Plastic: Better Ways to Recycle

Good News Notes: “A newly discovered ‘super-enzyme’ could finally mean effective recycling of plastic bottles and other materials, scientists say. The plastic-eating bacteria can digest plastic six times faster than current methods of chemically breaking it down. Scientists first discovered one enzyme several years ago, and the new “cocktail” replaces a previous version that had less…

Wood, metal, paper & fabric can help cut climate-harming plastic

Good News Notes: “Replacing plastics used in buildings with metal, wood, ceramics and glass, turning to paper and fabric for packaging, and boosting recycling rates could slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, researchers said on Monday. A mixture of substitution, changes in business models and consumer behaviour, and producing more plastics without using fossil…

Seventh Generation’s new line gets rid of all its plastic packaging

Good News Notes: “Seventh Generation, the cleaning product company known for its natural products, has spent years tweaking its packaging to improve sustainability, including a massive push to use more post-consumer recycled plastic. But the company is now using a different tactic, and beginning to move away from plastic completely, starting with a new line…

A New Kind of Plastic Could Be Recycled Indefinitely

Good News Notes: “Scientists say they’ve developed a kind of plastic that can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Usually, the recycling process takes a serious toll on the quality of plastics. But New Scientist reports that the new material, PBTL, can be broken down and remolded into something new that’s just as high-quality as the original…

Caltrans Repaves Roadway with Recycled Plastic Bottles

Good News Notes: “Pilot Project uses 100% recycled material on highway repair Caltrans repaved a section of Highway 162 in Oroville last week using recycled asphalt pavement and liquid plastic made with single-use, plastic bottles, which marks the first time the department has paved a road using 100 percent recycled materials. The pilot project features…

Strictly star Katya Jones auctions jumpsuit for charity

Good News Notes: “Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has joined a long list of celebrities who are auctioning off some of their prized possessions for charity. The professional dancer is giving away a Miss Selfridge silver jumpsuit to help raise funds for Oxfam’s coronavirus response. The shiny jumpsuit (which looks more black/charcoal than silver in…

Zero Waste crusader wants to make incinerators obsoliete

Good News Notes: “The St. Lawrence University emeritus professor of environmental chemistry unsuccessfully opposed the plant when it was being built in the 1980s and he hasn’t stopped in his criticism of trash burning plants that emit toxins like arsenic and lead, albeit within legal limits. But rather than fighting the plant on purely regulatory…