Recycling is the processing of used materials into new products. The process helps preserve useful materials and, by extension, reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials. In turn, recycling helps reduce energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Cleantech firms seek to reuse a variety of rare, potentially toxic materials. New businesses emerge as manufacturers prepare for modules' end of life.
1 | August 9, 2010 1:28pm |
And why it's hurting the recycling industry.
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Most retired aircraft are parked in the desert, but with thousands of them coming into retirement in the next two decades, Bombardier has started recycling its planes and researching more...
4 | March 2, 2011 2:00am |
Call2Recycle has collected nearly one million pounds of e-waste from unwanted cell phones. It could accomplish even more if carriers and manufacturers were more proactive about recycling.
2 | September 22, 2010 9:58pm |
A plastics recycling business believes that its capacity to match the price of virgin grade resins for less commonly reused plastics will yield considerable energy savings and create opportunities...
4 | June 25, 2012 3:13pm |
Can a bottled water company go green? SmartPlanet talks recycling, water reduction and pricing with Nestle Waters.
2 | July 11, 2011 8:54am |
Mayor Mark Stodola says only 35 percent of Little Rock's households recycle. Would providing them some monetary incentive increase participation?
5 | September 8, 2010 2:00am |
With his unique approach to handling electronic waste, the serial entrepreneur is proving that environmentalism and capitalism don't need to be at odds.
1 | March 14, 2013 3:00am |
Beverage giant Coca-Cola says that with its PlantBottle, recycling is a far better fate than biodegrading. It's a greener take on an iconic shape.
6 | January 24, 2011 2:00am |
Used wood pallets, post-industrial electric blankets and glass scrap are among the industrial waste items companies ship to already-clogged landfills. But last year, one woman discovered that one...
2 | November 16, 2010 4:00am |
"Don't store it. More it." It's worth billions.
6 | April 16, 2013 3:52am |
In Scotland, a bridge made from recycled plastic leads the way to civic scale infrastructure projects using recycled materials.
October 31, 2011 6:04pm |
New industry-sponsored study finds that 94 percent of Americans have access to plastic bottle recycling resources, a steady increase from previous years.
4 | June 1, 2011 2:57pm |
Pepsico's Dream Machine is a high-tech recycling kiosk that promises to make it easier for Americans to recycle on the go.
2 | April 22, 2010 11:19am |
BEIJING -- An army of street recyclers are beginning to feel the pinch as the global economy slows.
November 9, 2011 5:47am |
Earth Day Special Feature 2011: Garbage in, garbage out: Rather than just recycle, why not focus on reuse?
5 | April 22, 2011 4:43am |
The solution to expensive 3D printing could be in your refrigerator right now.
3 | March 6, 2013 4:31am |
Minimizing waste along the food chain: it's good for the environment, but even better for the bottom line. The "mega-movement" is just beginning.
11 | January 15, 2013 1:33am |
Starbucks uses 3 billion hot drink cups a year. If cities establish better commercial recycling programs and recycling companies find value in the paper, Starbucks will reach its goal of fully...
7 | October 25, 2010 4:43am |
By marrying two unlikely partners -- a Canadian milk pouch and a fiber iPhone tray -- Ecologic Brands created sustainable packaging that uses 70 percent less plastic than the alternatives.
1 | August 13, 2012 2:42am |