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The plastic industry thinks chemical recycling can help solve our plastic problems, but others disagree


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Plastics recycling is failing. Globally, over 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced annually, but according to the OECD, only 14-18% of that is recycled. And now that China has stopped importing the world’s plastic waste, we’re being forced to deal with it domestically.

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Burger King’s #CowsMenu Campaign


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A few weeks ago, I penned an open letter to Burger King, in response to the burger chain’s recent #CowsMenu advertising campaign, which aimed to bring attention to their efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of the beef they serve. I actually commended Burger King because it’s not often an American fast food chain takes a stand when it comes to a major environmental issue.

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The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast – Ep. 104


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Listen to Bob Powell, CEO of Brightmark discuss plastic recycling and the future of Brighmark on the Zero Waste Countdown with host Laura Nash.

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The power of social media: Burger King tours real agriculture


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The backlash from the agricultural community against Burger King’s #Cowsmenu ad campaign on social media was a swift and sharp one. The science, the terminology, the presentation, the irreverence — it was as if Burger King could do no right.

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WA biomethane digester displaces 1.4M gallons of gasoline per year


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Digesters have come a long way since the 1850s — when the first was installed at a leper colony in India. Dan DuRuyter has experienced this first hand at his family’s 5000-cow farm in central Washington, George DeRuyter and Sons Dairies.

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Creating holistic waste solutions amid pandemic


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Brightmark CEO Bob Powell joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move panel to break down how his company is reimagining waste-to-energy solutions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brightmark seeking 2.4 billion pounds of US mixed plastics


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San Francisco-headquartered Brightmark is looking to bring in 2.4 billion pounds per year of mixed plastics from eastern portion of the U.S. The company issued a call for material on July 30, describing it as the “largest ever solicitation for plastic waste.”

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Brightmark Wants Your Plastic Waste . . . All of It


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Brightmark wants to procure 1.2 million tons per year of post-use plastic types 1 through 7 from the eastern half of the United States to recycle into fuel and new materials at its plastics renewal plants.

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On Losing A Titan of The Plastics Industry


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This past July, the plastics industry lost a pioneer in the field of recycling plastic waste when Dr. Richard Schwarz (“Dick” to those who knew him well) passed away.