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CCREF Welcomes a New Project Manager to its Staff

07/20/2017 1:43 PM
On June 5th, Wayne Howard joined the staff of CCREF, the first new staff member in over a year.

CCREF is Now Accepting Applications for its Young Investigator's Scholarship

05/17/2017 10:49 AM
The CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship focuses on supporting undergraduate through PhD students,

Ginny Black, CCREF Trustee Chair, is honored at the USCC Annual Conference

02/13/2017 2:01 PM
Recognizing her many years of dedication to the industry, Ginny Black was awarded the Hi Kellogg

Two Companies Receive Awards for Support of CCREF

02/13/2017 1:56 PM
McGill Environmental Systems and Filtrexx International both received awards during the USCC Annual

The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation Announces the Release of the Just Published The Compost & Climate Connection: A Land Manager’s Guide to Organics

02/06/2017 9:57 PM
February 6, 2017…Reston, VA. Exploring the topic of how to manage food scraps, yard trimmings and
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Meet Clara Tang, the Winner of this Year’s Young Investigator Scholarship

11/08/2016 3:12 PM
There were many worthwhile applicants, but Clara, a master’s student at North Carolina State, was

Theme for 2017 International Compost Awareness Week Announced

08/25/2016 10:30 AM
Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) committee chooses a theme to help

Three Well Known Programs Come to the CCREF

06/29/2016 10:14 AM
January 2016   At the US Composting Council’s (USCC) Board of Director meeting in January the

CCREF is now participating in Amazon Smile

05/19/2016 11:00 AM
CCREF has a new way for people to support the Foundation.  We are now participating in Amazon

Second Grant Award to Composting Council Research and Education Foundation to Fund Development of a Professional Composter Certification Program

04/19/2016 1:41 PM
The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, has awarded a second grant of

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LETTER: Support St. Paul's sustainable to-go packaging ordinance - Lillie News

Friday, September 22, 2017


LETTER: Support St. Paul's sustainable to-go packaging ordinance
Lillie News
The City of St. Paul has developed a sustainable to-go packaging ordinance that will require food businesses to provide to-go packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable — successfully reducing litter and waste that needs to be incinerated ...

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Company claims Ann Arbor's compost site has become a 'quasi landfill' - MLive.com

Friday, September 22, 2017


MLive.com

Company claims Ann Arbor's compost site has become a 'quasi landfill'
MLive.com
12 complaint to the city of Ann Arbor, saying it was taken at the city's compost site in August and shows "WeCare has turned the site into a landfill" full of contaminants such as metals, plastic, concrete, glass and other non-compostable materials ...

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Trash Tutorial: Settling the dispute on plastic bags - The Providence Journal

Friday, September 22, 2017


The Providence Journal

Trash Tutorial: Settling the dispute on plastic bags
The Providence Journal
Finally, for all you super recyclers out there, they're not keen on clingy food wrap, bags that once held fertilizer or pesticide, or bags labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable,” either. Tie these (and any bags you can't clean and dry) in a knot to ...

Overstock to pay $27000 in fines for mislabeling plastics as 'biodegradable' - Fresno Bee

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Overstock to pay $27000 in fines for mislabeling plastics as 'biodegradable'
Fresno Bee
Online retailer Overstock.com has agreed to pay $27,000 in civil penalties after a consumer protection complaint alleged the company violated California law by using misleading labels claiming plastic products were biodegradable or compostable.

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce ... - Science Daily

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Science Daily

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce ...
Science Daily
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by ...
Biomaterial made of crabs could cut plastic pollution - FuturityFuturity: Research News
New Biomaterial Aimed at Replacing Plastic Laminates and ...AZoCleantech

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Social entrepreneurs gather in Garden City - Stuff.co.nz

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Stuff.co.nz

Social entrepreneurs gather in Garden City
Stuff.co.nz
Another UC student, Brianne West, founded Ethique, dedicated to sustainable beauty practices, including products sold in compostable packaging. Social entrepreneurs like Logan, Brianne, Sam and Tyler represent what SEWF17 is all about. They should ...

Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency ... - WorldPressOnline (press release)

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency ...
WorldPressOnline (press release)
WorldPressonline news and press release distribution services dedicated to the world trade press of the packaging, food, cosmetics, health, beauty care, ...

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Kitchen Gadget: Stainless steel straws cut back on the glut of landfill plastic - LancasterOnline

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


LancasterOnline

Kitchen Gadget: Stainless steel straws cut back on the glut of landfill plastic
LancasterOnline
BYE-BYE, PLASTICS: Starting next year, all Seattle businesses that sell food and drinks will have to provide compostable — or recyclable — straws and utensils, not plastic. According to The Seattle Times, that ban follows a restaurant industry-led ...

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution - Penn State News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Penn State News

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
Penn State News
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely ...

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New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution - Penn State News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Penn State News

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
Penn State News
Completely compostable, the material — a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex — is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or cotton, and chitosan, which is derived from chitin — the primary ingredient in the ...

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Fungus furniture will give you the green-living bona fides you've been seeking - Quartz

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Quartz

Fungus furniture will give you the green-living bona fides you've been seeking
Quartz
A New York-based biomaterials company Ecovative grows clothes, furniture, and quickly-compostable packaging using mushrooms, and BioMason, a startup in North Carolina, claims to make stronger bricks using bacteria. Right now, Cox and Ivanova are in ...

Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe - FreshPlaza

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


FreshPlaza

Earthcycle™ granted OK HOME Compost® certification for Europe
FreshPlaza
According to research and policy think-tank WRAP, over 50% of household waste is comprised of organic materials, so making certified home compostable packaging available in the supply chain will make it easier for consumers to reduce overall waste to ...

This Plant-Based Meat Company Is Raising the Bar With 100 ... - One Green Planet

Monday, September 18, 2017


One Green Planet

This Plant-Based Meat Company Is Raising the Bar With 100 ...
One Green Planet
Based in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, No Evil Foods is changing the meat game. Not only that, but the visionary company is also changing the ...

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In other news: Sept. 12, 2017 - Plastics Recycling Update

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Plastics Recycling Update

In other news: Sept. 12, 2017
Plastics Recycling Update
Bio-possibilities: A new process has been developed that could expand the applications for a bio-derived and biodegradable plastic. Digital Journal reports the plastic's heat resistance can be increased dramatically using simple and quick methods ...

The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban - Seattle Times

Friday, September 8, 2017


Seattle Times

The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban
Seattle Times
About 200 retailers have agreed to offer compostable or recyclable options this month as part of an industry-led campaign, dubbed “Strawless in Seattle,” to prevent plastic from polluting ocean waters and threatening marine life.... (King County) More.

Compostable film wraps snack bars - Packaging World

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Packaging World

Compostable film wraps snack bars
Packaging World
Therefore, when Shanvalley Innovative Food Company of County Mayo, Ireland, recently introduced its snack bars in compostable packaging, it was a win on two fronts: Not only does the wrapper biologically decompose within 180 days, but it is also ...

Vericool To Expand Compostable Cold Chain Manufacturing ... - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Healthcare Packaging

Vericool To Expand Compostable Cold Chain Manufacturing ...
PerishableNews (press release) (registration)
Vericool, developer of the Vericoolers®—the only high performing, sustainable cold chain packaging that performs as well as Styrofoam, announced today that it ...
Sustainable Packaging Co. Invests in Cold Chain | Healthcare ...Healthcare Packaging
BillerudKorsnäs Invests in Cold Chain Packaging Company Vericool ...Packaging Europe

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Plant-based plastics and a compost controversy | Local ... - Corvallis Gazette Times

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Corvallis Gazette Times

Plant-based plastics and a compost controversy | Local ...
Corvallis Gazette Times
A controversy over compost may be dimming Corvallis' reputation as a bastion of environmental consciousness.

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Hartsfield-Jackson restaurateurs object to compostables requirement - MyAJC

Friday, September 1, 2017


MyAJC

Hartsfield-Jackson restaurateurs object to compostables requirement
MyAJC
However, the world's busiest airport is moving forward with its plan to require concessionaires to go Styrofoam-less and to use compostable materials starting Oct. 15. Georgia Restaurant Association CEO Karen Bremer said compostable packaging can be ...

Biodegradable plastic packaging that - Beverage Daily - BeverageDaily.com

Friday, August 25, 2017


BeverageDaily.com

Biodegradable plastic packaging that - Beverage Daily
BeverageDaily.com
Tipa, which launched biodegradable plastic packaging 'designed to behave like an orange peel when it is thrown away' last year, has expanded into coffee.

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This toolkit is designed to help you determine if a compostable plastics program is appropriate for your organization and to guide you in properly managing your compostable plastics.

*Resources outlined in this toolkit are examples from a variety of sources to help facilitate a better understanding of compostable products and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF).

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