Latest Waste reduction News

FILE - In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

Jan. 17, 2020 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo a worker stocks a produce stand at a metro station in Atlanta. Throwing away food is throwing away money. And with most wasted food winding up in landfills, it’s not great for the environment, either. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Make this the year you stop wasting food (and money)

Jan. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Who hasn’t felt the shame of a refrigerator purge? You’re sentenced to face the forgotten leftovers, fuzzy produce and years-old salad dressing that you swear must have come with the fridge. But it didn’t. You paid money for all these things, and now you have to throw them away. Take heart....

Vanderbilt University plans to divert 90 percent of waste

Jan. 14, 2020 5:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has committed to diverting 90% of its waste from the landfill by the year 2030. The university already diverts 47% of waste, according to a news release, but on Monday it announced plans to nearly double that number over the next decade. Proposed actions...

In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 photo, a Blue Bottle Coffee paper to-go cup rests on a table outside one of their cafes in San Francisco. The Oakland-based chain says it's getting rid of disposable cups at two locations next year, as part of a pledge to go “zero-waste” at its 70 U.S. locations by the end of 2020.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

Dec. 24, 2019 1:15 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new cafe culture is brewing in the San Francisco area, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs and BYO cup policies. What started as a small trend among neighborhood cafes to reduce waste...

Governor opposes state barring local bans on plastic bags

Dec. 5, 2019 3:02 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor wants state lawmakers to drop bills that would prohibit local governments from forbidding the use of plastic bags. Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a pair of bills offered by fellow Republicans that would forbid municipalities and counties from banning single-use...