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Hand in Hand Working to Reduce Food Waste

This guest blog was originally posted on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) website. It was written by Andy Harig, Vice President, Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development, FMI.

Solving the food waste problem takes collaboration throughout the supply chain and recently leaders from the leading food industry associations shared their commitment to this cause:

“The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) was founded with the conviction that the entire supply chain has a role to play in reducing food waste; food retailers are committed to fulfilling their responsibility in addressing this issue of such tremendous impact for the communities we serve.” – Leslie Sarasin, President and CEO, FMI

“Food waste remains the single largest category of material in U.S. landfills. By collaborating with FMI, NRA and these federal agencies, the CPG industry can better share best practices to reducing waste and find innovative, scalable solutions…

Using Reclaimed Materials in Your Home & Yard

This guest blog was written by , and originally published on Earth911.

When most of us think of landfills, we think of rotting disposable diapers, apple cores, and old clothing. In fact, the U.S. generated 548 million tons of construction and demolition waste in 2015, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This waste stream comprises more than double the amount of municipal solid waste generated annually.

A lot of wood, concrete, bricks, glass, asphalt, and plastic are going to landfills instead of being recycled or reused. This creates a massive opportunity for improvement. Repurposing materials is a great way to reduce the ecological impact of a project. Demolition waste can be artfully repurposed in home remodeling, construction,…

How to Recycle Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

This guest blog was originally published on the Rubicon Blog. It was written by Jackie Beason, Director of Commodity Sales.

Scrap metal is one of the most sought-after commodities in recycling, and the reason is of little surprise when you consider how much energy is saved when you recycle metal versus mining new metal ores.

When it comes to aluminum, for example, recycling scrap aluminum requires just five percent of the energy needed to produce virgin aluminum, and copper recycling is almost as efficient, with the copper recycling process requiring just 10-15 percent of the energy needed to mine the earth for new copper ore.

At Rubicon Global, we’ve written at length about different metal recycling processes, and in this blog…

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