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Baxter’s Fifteenth Sustainability Report Highlights Commitment to Innovative Programs and Sustainable Design

DEERFIELD, Ill., June 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today issued its 15th annual Sustainability Report, available at http://sustainability.baxter.com, detailing the company’s progress creating social, environmental and economic value by addressing the needs of stakeholders worldwide.

“Baxter’s vitality as a healthcare enterprise, and our ability to deliver on our commitments to our stakeholders, depends on our embrace of the new,” said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This includes not only the scientific innovations that define our service to patients and caretakers; it also encompasses new ways of doing business that advance our goals as a publicly traded company and global corporate citizen.” Continue reading

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GM Plants in Mexico Offer a Concrete Example of Creative Recycling

Nearly everything can be recycled. But there are instances where traditional recycling alternatives are very limited. This is especially true with materials containing a mixture of components that aren’t easily separated.

As a last alternative, there are options where those materials can be turned to energy through incineration.

Such is the case at our San Luis Potosi Complex in Mexico. We make use of our landfill-free expertise toward solutions to address some of the non-recyclable waste produced at the facility.

The result: teaming up with CEMEX, a global building materials company, who now uses the byproducts in their cement-making process. Essentially, the waste material feeds the ovens that provide the energy to create cement. CEMEX’s power generator plant also uses it to create energy to power part of the plant’s operations, cutting consumption of non-renewable resources. Continue reading

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Recycle for the Future: Coca-Cola Enterprises Seeks to Transform At-Home Recycling

LONDON, May 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE), which manufactures, bottles and markets Coca-Cola products in Western Europe, has begun a ground-breaking study with 20 households in Great Britain and France to observe at-home recycling behaviors. The study will seek to understand why recycling rates are so low, despite people expressing strong beliefs towards environmental behaviors.

Research shows that 75% of French and 76% of British consumers claim to “always” recycle plastic bottles at home, and over 63% across both countries view recycling as “a moral and environmental duty.” However, actual at-home recycling rates do not reflect these intentions with only half of all plastic bottles currently collected for recycling, revealing a significant ‘value/action gap.’ Improving these recycling rates will enable manufacturers to boost sources of locally-available high-quality recycled PET and reduce their resource footprint. Continue reading

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The Green Can – Recycling for the Benefit of Mankind

the_green_canRecycling + Advertising + Donating = R.A.D. The Green Can

The Green Can Inc. is a recycling initiative to allow the easy and convenient recycling of aluminum cans.

The thought here is that people when given a readily available choice to recycle they will indeed do the right thing. The obvious first choice for placement is any high density residential community.There is no form of recycling offered at 95% of apartment communities. The very few who do offer it do so at a huge expense to the property. Currently only homeowners are provided easy access to recycling. Continue reading

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Sprint joins EPA Electronics Challenge to Encourage Responsible End-of-Life Practices

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Sprint [NYSE:S], named No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, joined the EPA and other electronics leaders at a third-party certified recycling center in Romeoville, Ill., for the signing of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

This new national program is designed to advance the responsible management of used electronics by challenging manufacturers and retailers of electronics to voluntarily commit to sending 100 percent of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling to third-party certified recyclers, increase the total amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling, and publically post information and data regarding electronics recovery and disposal. Continue reading

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Alcoa Now Owner of Evermore Recycling, The World Leader in Beverage Can Recycling

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced it has taken full control of Evermore Recycling, the undisputed leader in used beverage can (UBC) recycling, and is now operating as a wholly-owned entity of Alcoa. Alcoa and Novelis previously were partners in the joint venture which purchases more recycled cans than any other group anywhere in the world; Alcoa agreed in July to take full control of Evermore at the end of August.

Alcoa’s Evermore Recycling is now a part of Alcoa’s Global Packaging group and will continue to be based in Nashville, TN. Continue reading

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Regulations and Certifications Cause Increases in Recycling and Reuse of Scrap Electronics

Discarded electronic equipment that is not recycled, reused, or stored becomes e-waste and is buried, incinerated, or dumped, representing a significant environmental hazard.  Today, most unwanted e-waste is still disposed of in landfills rather than being directed toward reuse or recycling, and the total volume of discarded electronics and e-waste in landfills will continue increasing over the next several years.  New laws and regulations, along with advances in industry certification of processors of electronic scrap, however, will slow the dumping of e-waste in coming years.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, these developments will combine to produce strong progress in the electronics recycling movement through 2025.

Between 2010 and 2025, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, the percentage of total e-scrap that is recycled will grow from 18% in 2010 to 54% in 2025.  Electronics recycling and reuse will rise from 122 million cubic feet (and 1.1 million tons) per year in 2010 to 789 million cubic feet (and 7.9 million tons) annually by 2025. Continue reading

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Hershey Company Is a Socially Responsible Company

The Hershey Company famous for its chocolate, producing some of the best, loved chocolate bars in the world, is also fast becoming known for being a socially responsible company. It recently issued its second Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report entitled, ” “Listen. Learn. Act.” It outlines the brand’s commitment to look after the planet while doing business. James Nevels, Chairman at Hershey’s, says, “The issues that we are addressing—such as human rights, climate change and resource scarcity—are global in scope and complex in nature.  They require that we listen, learn and act.”

The Hershey CSR report clearly shows how the company has met or exceeded nearly all of its environmental goals between 2009 and 2011, and now, Hershey wants to do more.  It has set out even more ambitious goals to achieve by the end of 2015. One of Hershey’s key achievements is its Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) at two of its facilities by 2011, exceeding its 2012 goal. Continue reading

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