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Coming Attractions: A Sneak Preview of HPRC Projects in Progress

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HPRC has worked hard to bring you a host of free solutions to encourage and increase healthcare plastics recycling. But we are not resting on our oars.

Have a look at a few new projects that our member companies and HFAB partners are working on right now!

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How Nurses and Hospital Staff Can Help HPRC Increase Healthcare Plastics Recycling

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Nurses, doctors, and other front-line staff often write to HPRC, passionate about the waste they see being discarded daily with little to no effort towards recycling, and how powerless they often feel about it. You can do something!

HPRC has devised 4 ways in which something can be done, a start can be made – read about how you can help your healthcare facility begin or improve iupon its plastic waste recycling efforts.

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Tetra Tech Examines Its Plastic Use for World Environment Day

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The United Nations designated June 5 as World Environment Day in 1974. Annually, people in more than 100 countries participate in events to improve the environment and support environmentally responsible actions. This year’s World Environment Day theme was Beat Plastic Pollution, challenging us to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce plastic pollution.

The Last Straw: Mark Marinozzi + Romain Troublé

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The next time you sip on a drink from a straw, you may want to think twice because humans are producing an inordinate amount of plastic waste on straws alone. Plastic straws are one of the leading contributors to ocean  trash, they take up to 200 years to decompose and they can’t be recycled.  Every year, the US alone uses enough straws to fill up nine baseball stadiums.

KFC Singapore to Stop Providing Plastic Caps and Straws for Drinks

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KFC announced on Monday (Jun 18) that in an effort to reduce single-use plastics, it will no longer provide plastic caps and straws with drinks at its 84 outlets in Singapore starting on Wednesday.

It will, however, continue to offer plastic caps for takeaway drinks. 

In a press release, the fast-food chain said that the move - part of its No Straws Initiative - will see a reduction of 17.8 metric tonnes of single-use plastics in a year.

What Does China's Plastic Ban Mean for Healthcare?

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In July of 2017, China announced it is no longer accepting imports of 24 categories of consumer waste, including commonly recycled post-consumer plastics and paper products. Almost every country exported a portion of their recyclables to China – now there are shockwaves being felt around the world as waste piles up and has nowhere to go.

Bacardi and Lonely Whale Team Up to Ensure #TheFutureDoesntSuck

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Two leaders in the movement against single-use plastic join forces to achieve a goal of removing one billion single-use plastic straws by 2020

Bacardi commits to review its supply chain to reduce single-use plastic items and further increase recyclable and biodegradable plastic

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Two leaders in the movement against single-use plastic join forces to achieve a goal of removing one billion single-use plastic straws by 2020

Bacardi commits to review its supply chain to reduce single-use plastic items and further increase recyclable and biodegradable plastic

Tetra Pak to Develop Paper Straws for Its Portion-Size Carton Packages

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 30, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

Preserving Critical Resources

Conservation tips from Coulter Wood, senior staff engineer
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By Kelly Braaten and Coulter Wood

This Earth Day, we asked Coulter Wood, a senior staff engineer at Hormel Foods who is responsible for the company’s energy management, to share some of his favorite tips — things people can do in their own lives to help preserve the Earth’s resources. Check out his thoughts and learn more about Coulter and his role at the company below!

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Could It Be the Last Straw for Plastic Straws?

Drinking straws are pointless and damaging, but it’s hard to leave them behind
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By Bee Wilson

Plastic drinking straws, I realized recently, are enmeshed with many of my fondest memories. When I was a child, a glass of lemonade with a straw was heaven. Drinking straws were also part of going to the movies, huddled in the dark with a giant, icy Diet Coke. In my 20s, I remember the thrill of sipping whiskey sours through one of those short, slender cocktail straws and feeling carefree and sophisticated.

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