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This Week in Waste: Top 5 Stories June 26 – June 29

Video-This Week in Waste: Top 5 Stories June 26 – June 29

This week in waste, our top stories include topics on food composting results, single use plastics, a cellphone recycling exhibit, and more!

#5 - USDA Plans $500 Million Investment in Domestic Biofuels as Part of Inflation Reduction Act

The Biden administration has allocated $500 million in Inflation Reduction Act funds to amplify the availability of domestic biofuels.

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#4 - Natural History Museum Exhibit Puts Cellphone Recycling Education on Display

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is packed full of interesting exhibits detailing subjects like evolution and geology. Now cellphones, their endless connectivity, and their environmental impact are on full display.

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#3 - Environmental Justice and Plastics Debate Heats Up

Plastic industry backers and environmental justice (EJ) advocates exchanged sometimes fiery comments at a recent hearing over plastics production and its impact on poor communities of color.

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#2 - Not All Single-Use Plastics Are Created Equal

Plastic pollution is one of the world’s most serious environmental challenges today. This focus on banning, taxing and recycling single-use plastic packaging is short-sighted - not because plastic packaging is not a problem; it is indeed a huge problem, accounting for 40 percent of all plastic waste.

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#1 - Study: Food Waste Composting Results in 39 to 84 Percent Lower Methane Emissions

A new study published in Scientific Reports examined CH4 emissions reduction through food waste diversion. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Humboldt State University conducted a commercial-scale study of food waste composting.

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