On the Move: Week of April 15, 2024

On this special Earth Day edition of On the Move, learn more about the recent achievements and innovations driving sustainability on the road to a circular economy.

Stefanie Valentic, Editorial Director

April 18, 2024

4 Min Read

Bausch + Lomb Corporation, a leading global eye health company dedicated to helping people see better to live better, announced its ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care Recycling programs have collected 84,343,540 units, or 510,116 pounds, of used contact lenses, eye care and lens care materials in the U.S., which is greater than the weight of the Statue of Liberty.


Cyclyx International, a post-use plastic innovator that develops solutions to unlock plastic's recycling potential, announces the expansion of its 10to90 all-plastic Bag It & Bring It collection program to five new locations in Houston. Sponsored by the City of Houston, ExxonMobil, and LyondellBasell, this development will increase the ability to collect post-use plastic in The Bayou City. Cyclyx's innovative 10to90 community take-back and engagement programs are designed to divert plastic waste away from landfill and increase its recyclability.


Following two years of investment, transformation and growth, Covanta, which has been known as a leading waste-to-energy provider, announced the next milestone in its strategic evolution as a pioneering sustainable waste solutions company with its new identity: Reworld™.


Flashfood announced a major milestone on the path to eliminating retail food waste: 100 million pounds of food diverted from landfills to dinner tables across North America, equivalent to more than 83 million meals and more than $250 million dollars saved on groceries. Flashfood is also now proud to be a Certified B Corporation, joining a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.


Galway Sustainable Capital – a specialty finance company – is ramping up its staff capacity on the operational, financial, and legal fronts, taking advantage of an influx of new capital.

Recent investments from a fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management and Aware Super have increased Galway’s assets under management and ability to expand its reach and impact. To leverage this capital more effectively, Galway has added talent to support and develop Galway and its portfolio.
Derek Porter is an energy industry veteran with more than 30 years of operational, commercial, asset management, financial, M&A, and project development experience.
Steve Hane has spent over three decades in C- and VP-level roles in all stages of venture development and operation, including inception, financing, scale, exit, and strategic partnerships globally.
Jennifer Simpson was appointed Chief Operating Officer, focused on refining investment management, streamlining functional integration, and supporting Galway’s continued growth.
Kara Parmelee was named Galway’s General Counsel, responsible for leading legal and compliance affairs.


Northstar Clean Technologies Inc., a Canadian clean technology company focused on the sustainable recovery and reprocessing of asphalt shingles, and Ecco Recycling & Energy Corporation, a Calgary-based waste diversion provider, are pleased to announce that Ecco Recycling and Northstar, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Empower Environmental Solutions Calgary Ltd. have signed a binding three-year asphalt shingle supply agreement for Northstar's planned asphalt shingle reprocessing facility in Calgary, Alberta.

Ecco Recycling will supply asphalt shingles from its current construction & demolition ("C&D") landfill in Calgary to Northstar's Empower Calgary Facility. The shingles will be reprocessed at Northstar's Empower Calgary Facility for an initial term of three years with mutual extension options.


Spectro Alloys, the Midwest's leading aluminum recycler, recently completed a solar installation through All Energy Solar, Inc. to power its new 70,000-square-foot distribution center in Rosemount. Spectro makes old things new by taking aluminum scrap, mainly from cars and appliances, and recycling it for a new useful life. The recycled metal then finds new uses across the country. 


Warehouse workers at Stericycle have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 251. These workers join Teamsters drivers at the same facility who ratified their first collective bargaining agreement in March 2022. Warehouse workers at Stericycle's Woonsocket facility process and dispose of hazardous medical waste.

Teamsters Local 251 represents over 6,300 workers in a wide variety of industries throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.


In partnership with TerraCycle, Taco Bell's Sauce Container US Recycling Program has recently expanded to accept not only any Brand of used sauce packets, but also any 2 oz souffle cups/lids (the vessel of beloved nacho cheese sauce), sauce dipping cups, and coffee creamer pods. After fans savor every last drop of cheesy nacho goodness, they can mail in accepted USED, empty packaging throughout the month of May to earn 80 bonus Taco Bell Rewards points***. With hundreds of thousands of used sauce packets already recycled, the program's expansion aims to further divert single-use plastic from landfills.


TIPA, a global leader in compostable flexible packaging solutions, announced the appointment of John Wilson as Commercial Director for North America. He is the latest executive to join the company's growing North American presence and will head TIPA’s business expansion as demand for more sustainable and eco-friendly packaging solutions continues to grow.

Wilson joins TIPA with a career spanning more than 20 years in consumer packaging, most recently with leadership positions in Amcor’s flexible packaging business. His experience encompasses sustainability, supply chain management, procurement, and marketing.

Submit your announcements to Editor-in-Chief Stefanie Valentic at [email protected].


About the Author(s)

Stefanie Valentic

Editorial Director, Waste360

Stefanie Valentic is the editorial director of Waste360. She can be reached at [email protected].


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