Your grassroots pressure is getting results! Battery manufacturer Rayovac has finally changed its tune and will now support legislation to create recycling programs for its products. See the story here. This is a big victory!
Up until now, Rayovac had been the only major battery manufacturer refusing to publicly support recycling programs for single-use, "disposable" batteries. The company has received tens of thousands of letters and emails from TCE supporters and others around the country, and TCE organized effective demonstrations in their Wisconsin hometown. Thanks to all TCE supporters who have contacted the company and to those who helped make our "RayovACTION Road Trip for Battery Recycling" possible. We’re not through yet, but this is a great first step toward comprehensive recycling for all batteries.
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Getting to Zero: Will Austin's green self-image be realized in its "zero waste" goals?
The Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, adopted in December 2011, established the goal of achieving "zero waste" by 2040, meaning the city will divert the materials that would have gone to the landfill to other, more environmentally friendly ends.(Austin Chronicle)
One Bin plan faces hurdles
Ever since city officials first announced an ambitious plan to overhaul lackluster recycling in Houston, allowing residents to mix all of their waste in one bin to be sorted and converted into marketable materials at a first-of-its-kind facility, the idea has been dogged by environmental concerns. (Houston Chronicle)
Texas Attorney General Says Most Single-Use Bag Bans Legal
In a non-binding opinion, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that only bag bans enacted for "solid waste management" might be illegal under Texas law. Abbott’s office left the door open for Texas cities and towns seeking to prevent the many other costs and harms of bag pollution, giving new hope to environmental and conservation advocates around the state. (TCE Press Release)
Assault on Batteries
When I was a kid, I had this cool robot that rolled around, flashed lights, and made weird sounds. It had a backpack that held two of those big AA batteries. Now, Rayovac is drawing negative attention for being the one leading battery manufacturer of the Big Four to refuse to take back dead batteries. (The Cap Times)