Victory! Rayovac Voices Support for Battery Recycling Efforts

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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Protesting pirates demand change from local company
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What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's "One Bin for All" Program
The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods. (Atlantic Monthly)

Liquid Waste Company Sues Environmentalists for Helping Citizens Protest Proposed Facility
Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) filed a response this week to a lawsuit levelled against them by a liquid waste hauler and processor. TCE helped organize community meetings and raised public interest concerning the impact of the waste processing on a sensitive waterway in Rio Hondo, Texas in 2012-2013.  (Press Release)

Dallas Will Charge Fees for Plastic Bag Use
Video: The Dallas City Council has passed a proposal ordering retailers to charge a fee for one-time use plastic bags while partially banning them from city-owned facilities. Watch the story here! (NBC News D/FW)

Caldwell County residents hope to use landfill ban to stop proposed facility
Citizens fighting a proposed dump start their efforts off with a big victory when their county commissioners pass an ordinance which aims to ban such facilities from Caldwell County. (Austin American-Statesman)