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Industry giants show support for federal recycling fee initiative

Industry giants show support for federal recycling fee initiative

Major petrochemical companies and manufacturers, including Exxon Mobil and LyondellBasell, are exploring with lawmakers the idea of implementing a federal fee on packaging to bolster recycling efforts.

James Osborne reports for the Houston Chronicle.

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Coffee capsules: Brewing up an (in)convenient storm of waste

As the global market for coffee capsules grows, so does the waste associated with it: The global footprint of annual coffee capsule waste is about 576,000 metric tons — the combined weight of about 4,400 school buses.

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Amazon’s plastic packaging could circle the planet 800 times. Can it be stopped?

Billions of packages are delivered every year by the world’s largest retailer and a wave of environmental pollution has followed.

EU sets out plan to cut back packaging waste
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EU sets out plan to cut back packaging waste

New rules spell the end of throwaway coffee cups and condiment packets, prompting backlash from industry.
Hospitals confront their climate Achilles heel: supply chains

Hospitals confront their climate Achilles heel: supply chains

Cleaning chemicals, drugs and other goods that hospitals buy account for most of the greenhouse-gas emissions from US health care.
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The Field Report: Food companies are not counting all of their greenhouse gas emissions

The Field Report: Food companies are not counting all of their greenhouse gas emissions

A new report finds that companies that don’t disclose and really understand their emissions have a hard time addressing them with action plans.

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No reusable cup? In Australia, it’s at your own risk

On a visit to Melbourne, a Times reporter got a lesson in cafe etiquette, and the challenges facing the sustainability movement.
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