Pittsburgh-based start up creates a smart way to recycle

A Pittsburgh-based startup is using technology to revolutionize the recycling industry. RoadRunner Recycling uses software designed to help businesses.

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Takataka Plastics turns plastic waste into COVID face shields

Takataka Plastics is trying to build a local market for recycling—and has quickly pivoted to pandemic response.

The recycling dilemma: Good plastic, bad plastic?

The best plastic is the kind that is never generated in the first place, the second best is recycled.


What actually happens when you recycle

There are important decisions to make before and after your recyclables leave your hands.


Less than 10% of all plastic trash has been recycled. Is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

A process known as chemical recycling offers a promising way to turn used products into new ones with a minimum of waste.

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What's gone wrong with plastic recycling

Consumer Reports explains what has gone wrong with plastic recycling. Of all the plastic ever produced (more than 10 billion tons of it) less than 10 percent has been recycled.

More than 200 million plastic bags, wrappers recycled by soft plastic scheme

In past 10 months alone, 19 million bags and wrappers have been recycled - enough to fill 1.5 Olympic-sized pools.

'Horrible hybrids': The plastic products that give recyclers nightmares

From singing birthday cards to baby food pouches, a growing trend of mixing materials is making recycling even harder.


Carbios's enzyme eats old plastic and turns it back into raw materials

Recycling plastic is very hard, but not for the enzymes found in bacteria from landfills.

Plastics industry insiders reveal the truth about recycling

They never believed it would actually solve the plastic waste problem. Today, it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has ever been recycled.

When does recycling your plastic make sense? The answer isn't so simple

The vast majority of plastic — about 76 percent — ends up in landfills. Here's what to do about yours.

Companies’ new pledges to boost recycling face old pitfalls

Some of the world's biggest consumer brand companies have promised to dramatically boost recycling. Yet some of those same companies have made — and failed to deliver on — similar promises in the past.


This bacterium can eat polyurethane-based plastics

Polyurethane, which now goes to landfills or gets burned, might be able to be broken down by some hungry bugs.

Just a tiny fraction of America's plastic can actually be recycled, report finds

The report, which analyzed waste processing data at the country's 367 material recovery facilities, found that only PET #1 and HDPE #2 plastic bottles and jugs are being recycled with regularity.

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Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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