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US Composting Council Preps for Increased Recycling

Compost producers in California are preparing for major changes with passage of laws phasing out diversion credit for using green waste for landfill cover, and increased diversion of organics (especially commercial food scraps) – at the same time that air emissions and water quality protections have been increased.

The US Composting Council is holding a workshop in October in California to help those who work in organics recycling to understand and integrate the new realities into their operations: “Composting Under Cover: Minimizing Odors, VOCs and Stormwater Impacts.” read more – http://bit.ly/1Or8rQi

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TRACKING TACTICS: SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES THAT LEAD TO SALES

There’s mounting evidence that supports the notion that a commitment to corporate sustainability practices is a basic cost of entry for companies that hope to succeed in the marketplace. In just two years, we’ve seen significant increases in the number of consumers who say that they want products from sustainable companies, and they are willing to spend more to get them. As concerns about the environment and corporate sustainability continue to build momentum around the world, understanding the connection between sentiment and purchasing actions has never been more important. Have companies risen to meet consumer expectations?

One way to assess the situation is to measure a company’s “demonstrated commitment,” to sustainability practices by using one or several of the following marketing tactics within its overall consumer brand messaging strategy:

  • Claim Only: A brand directly indicates a connection to sustainability on a product’s label or packaging.
  • Marketing Only: A brand uses web sites, news coverage, and other messaging vehicles to promote positive social and/or environmental impact in the local or global community.
  • Claim + Marketing: A brand uses a product claim and also integrates sustainability into its marketing promotion. read more – http://bit.ly/1RXpKGX
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Law allows compostable bags in HI but ….

but there’s no composting facility in Hawaii

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) 

Oahu’s controversial plastic bag restrictions that allow plastic bags to continue to be used by many retailers also allow them to use compostable bags, even though there is no composting facility anywhere in the state.

Environmentalists said compostable bags are better than the now-banned plastic bags. But cost was a major factor cited by Oahu merchants why they wanted the compostable bags added in a compromise measure that was approved by the City Council last September.

Compostable bags are roughly a nickel cheaper than the paper bags with recycled content that many merchants are using after the new plastic bag restrictions went into effect on Oahu July 1. read more – http://bit.ly/1hBgifk

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