Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. 2014 commemorated Call2Recycle’s 20th anniversary in battery collection and recycling. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification.
You can learn more about the organization and find local battery drop-off locations at the Call2Recycle website.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Department for Energy Development and Independence offer the Kentucky Energy Profile to provide an overview of energy consumption and production within the Commonwealth, to serve as an impartial point of reference for the general public, researchers, and policy makers, and to serve as a foundation for discussing Kentucky’s energy future. View or download the KY Energy Reports.
The Cabinet also provides information about Kentucky’s coal production. View or download the Kentucky Quarterly Coal Reports.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a strategic plan outlining its areas of focus for recycling, source reduction and environmentally minded materials usage over the next seven years.
The EPA document, which has been posted on the website of the National Recycling Coalition, covers the federal agency’s aspirations for sustainable materials management for fiscal years 2017 through 2022.
The concept of sustainable materials management (SMM), described by the EPA as “a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles,” has in recent years taken a more central role in the EPA’s research and reporting on national waste management issues. This year, for instance, the agency changed the name of its annual report on recycling and disposal data to “Advancing Materials Management.”
The five-year strategic plan lays out four SMM objectives: decrease the overall amount of materials disposed, reduce materials’ environmental impacts (such as greenhouse gas emissions) throughout the material life cycles, increase socio-economic benefits, and increase SMM program capabilities at the state and local level.
The first focus area is characterized as the “built environment” and includes construction and demolition (C&D) materials as well as disaster debris and architectural planning. The second focus area is sustainable food management, a realm in which the agency has been particularly active of late. The third area outlined is sustainable packaging – in discussing this point, the report notes a number of anticipated outcomes by 2022.
The EPA’s Strategic Plan document is available to view or download as a pdf.
November 15 is National America Recycles Day. Learn more about the events happening around the country and take the pledge to recycle and reduce your carbon footprint at the America Recycles website.
Bluegrass Forever Green Sustainability Summit will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike. Cost: $25, includes lunch.
The summit will share information and best practices focusing on maximizing the collective effect of regional governments, organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses dedicated to environmental sustainability and improving quality of life and economic development as an end product.
For more info, contact Bobby Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 227-0263. To register, go to the registration page.