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Recycling Rates on The Decline in California

California’s Bottle Bill is 30 years old, but the 30th anniversary comes with great concern about the recycling rates in the State.

Former Assembly member Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the author of the legislation, Assembly Bill 2020, stated “The legislation set a goal of 80 percent beverage container recycling, which we exceeded in 2008, reaching as high as 85 percent in (2013). But as of mid-2017, recycling rates have slid backwards and now are at 77 percent. There’s an easy fix the Legislature can make in the next few weeks to reverse that trend.”

In the last two years more than 560 recycling centers (about 20%) have closed due to a decrease in recycler reimbursement levels. In terms of container quantity, 2.5 million fewer containers are being recycled per day compared to the last reporting period.

A legislation to address the recycling issue has been put forth by Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Phil Ting and is supported by the Brown Administration. However, it was ignored during recent budget negotiations and is likely to die unless taken up by the Legislature before it adjourns in mid-September.

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ECube, EconX Alleged of Patent Infringement by Bigbelly

Smart city solutions company Bigbelly, Inc.  has filed a patent infringement complaint against Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea), Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.), and EconX Waste Solutions B.V. (Netherlands) for two patents covering energy management technologies for solar powered compactors.

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These patented technologies are used by Bigbelly’s waste and recycling system for managing an energy budget based upon the solar energy harvested and the energy needs of the station. According to Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, “The patents we are asserting represent important technologies in our IP portfolio and are vital to the basic function of a solar powered compactor.  They enable Bigbelly to operate with or without direct sunlight and in any location. These lawsuits seek to stop infringement of our patented technologies.” Bigbelly has filed complaints in the U.S. (California) and Germany.

 

 

 

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Park Recycling Bin Grant Program Provides 41 Grants

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful are funding 914 new recycling bins in public parks across the country. This is the fifth year of the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program.

According to Vicki Draughn, VP corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple Group “As communities continue to improve their infrastructure to support recycling at home and at work, this program helps address a persistent challenge, which is improving recycling opportunities for people on-the-go.”

According to Brenda Pulley, senior VP/recycling, Keep America Beautiful “Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group has placed bins in hundreds of parks across the U.S., in the process giving nearly 1 million people convenient access to new recycling opportunities.”