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September 1, 2015

RUNNING TOWARD RECYCLING: Largest Cross Country Meet in the U.S. Partners with Global Green USA to Pilot Paper Cup Recycling Initiative; Reduce CO2 Emissions

September 1, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) — National environmental non-profit Global Green USA is teaming up with the largest cross country meet in the United States, the Portage Invite in Portage, Michigan, to put recyclable paper cups to the test, both for performance and for recyclability at a local paper mill. Using cups developed by Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) member LBP Manufacturing that have passed a recyclability protocol developed by CoRR member Western Michigan University (WMU), Global Green USA will coordinate their use, collection and recycling at a paper mill in Kalamazoo, MI operated by Graphic Packaging. The successful recovery and recycling of these cups will represent a key step in identifying best systems for keeping valuable paper fiber in the market as high-quality products, and out of landfills. Unlike many other paper sources, such as newsprint and magazines, foodservice packaging is a growing stream but seldom recovered for recycling. According to the EPA, 5.6 million tons of food service packaging is landfilled in the US each year, releasing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to six coal-fired power plants. Since 2009, Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) program has been working to divert these valuable materials into new products.

“Global Green is committed to helping recover commonly landfilled waste streams, including paper cups and other coated packaging items,” said Lily Kelly, Senior Program Associate at Global Green USA and the project lead. “When packaging is designed to be recovered, it is a major environmental and financial win. Demonstrating that these cups, which have passed WMU’s recyclability protocol, can be recovered at a full-scale paper mill can build confidence in their potential as a paper input, ease pressure on our forests, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.” The Portage Invite organizers are enthusiastic about the prospect of recovering the 10,000 cups used at each event. “A lot of the athletes competing at the Portage Invite care about their health and the health of our environment,” said Matt Swanson, the Portage Northern High School Cross Country and Track & Field Coach and one of the organizers of the race. “We want to see these cups recovered, and we want them to get turned into new paper if at all possible.” Other road races across the country have echoed these sentiments, stating that they are eager to work with Global Green USA on future pilots, and with their local haulers and mills, to ensure that their cups are recovered. Paper mills that serve the regions near the road races are likewise interested in determining whether the cup items will prove a good source of fiber. “We’re eager to get new supplies of recycled domestic feedstock and support the paper industry in the US,” said Mike Farrell, Vice President - Recycled Mill Division for Graphic Packaging International, whose mill will be accepting the cups. “Recycling cups can be challenging, and we believe these pilots can demonstrate that cups that are designed for recyclability can be brought to our paper mill. We’re glad to work with Global Green USA and road races on this important initiative.”

CoRR member LBP Manufacturing donated the cups, which are commercially available and designed with sustainability in mind, for the race event. “Our goal is to show that it is possible to make high-quality, effective cups that are also designed for recovery at recycled paper mills,” said Thomas Fu, their Vice President of Global Innovation. “We are excited to provide these cups, and participate in pilots that can build the system for their recovery, so that brand owners and customers alike can know they can dispose of these cups responsibly. It’s good business, and good for the planet.”

ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA: Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. For more than 6 years, Global Green has operated the CoRR program to pioneer waste reduction strategies in cities. For more information, visit and follow us @globalgreen.

For press inquiries, please contact Lily Kelly, Senior Program Associate, Coalition for Resource Recovery, at or 415-697-0399.

PDF of the Release is Available Here.


November 13, 2014


Collaborative Project with City of Albany, CA and Coalition Members Supports Implementation of Food Scrap Recovery Ordinances - Could Reduce Up to 43% of Current Landfilled Waste

November 13, 2014 (Albany, CA) — Global Green has joined forces with the City of Albany, CA and members of its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to launch in-depth pilots in select buildings to collect valuable data, test innovative products, and support the broader rollout of food scrap recovery across the region (see a VIDEO about the pilot launch here). The system being piloted includes the use of water-resistant paper bags for compost recovery, which are anticipated to facilitate greater participation while also ensuring that composters in the region can process the waste easily into high-value soil products. Increasing the availability of compost for the region’s farms can also help them reduce irrigation needs, a crucial drought-fighting measure. These efforts are part of an overall organizational mission focused on advancing smart solutions to climate change.

“The Bay Area has been an incredible leader in many green urban practices, including food scrap recovery, which makes this community a perfect partner as we develop guidance and toolkits for cities and property owners,” said Lily Kelly, Senior Program Associate at Global Green USA and the project’s coordinator. “We are able to help East Bay families living in apartments divert their food scraps back into their local food system while getting useful data along the way that demonstrate reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

When tenants were presented with the bin and bag kits, nearly all showed a strong desire to participate in the program. “It’s about time!” was a sentiment frequently expressed. Most multi-family buildings in the Bay Area, and across the country, have yet to implement food scrap recovery systems. Food scraps account for 43% of the landfilled waste from Alameda County’s multi-family residences, releasing emissions equivalent to over 50,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. If all this waste were to be composted, it would reduce carbon emissions equivalent to planting over 1.3 million trees every year.

“This really is the future of property management,” said Erik Eichner, the co-founder and owner of Eichner Properties, which owns and manages several multi-family buildings in Albany. “Helping our tenants divert their waste is becoming a normal part of running a multi-family building. We are very pleased that Global Green is supporting this rollout by working with our tenants to make sure they can divert their food scraps easily and successfully.”

“The City of Albany is rolling out mandatory food scrap collection service for all its multi-family and commercial properties, and we are very grateful that Global Green is here to help us implement successful programs,” said City of Albany’s Sustainability and Transportation Coordinator, Claire Griffing, “They have identified bags that work with our local composting needs, and will be gathering valuable data about our resident’s needs and preferences. We look forward to the results of the pilot, and hope they will be useful to other cities looking to carry out similar waste reduction programs in their communities.”

In addition to undertaking initial waste audits and much of the outreach to property owners and tenants, Global Green USA organized the initial donation of bins and bags to the buildings from CoRR members. The leak-resistant paper bags for collecting scraps in the kitchen were donated by Bag to Earth, and were designed to be compatible with the needs of the local compost facility. “We are thrilled to have been able to be a part of this pilot,” said George Colgan, President of Bag to Earth. “As a company we are committed to helping cities and their residents divert their food scraps easily and cleanly. Our compostable bags are designed to be strong and moisture-resistant, with the natural fiber liner made of cellulose, while still being 100% paper, which makes them a great fit for the composting processes used in this region.”

CoRR member ORBIS Corporation donated dozens of small kitchen countertop bins to the pilot households. “We recently launched the newest line of bins for use in home kitchens, and we are excited to get feedback from the Albany families that are part of Global Green’s pilot,” said John Sebranek, Environmental Marketing Manager at ORBIS. “The Kitchen Collector can fit many different sizes of bags, and it is designed to go on the counter to make it easy to dispose of food scraps while cooking.”

According to the EPA, 95% of food scraps are landfilled in the US each year, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to seven coal-fired power plants. Global Green is committed to helping pilot and deploy systems that will reduce these climate impacts. This pilot is the third of a series of food scrap recovery systems that Global Green will be helping deploy over the next year in major cities in California and New York. The organization will then compile the results of these pilots into a “Best Questions” guide to assist property managers and municipalities as food scrap recovery programs are rolled out across the country.


Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit and follow us @globalgreen.

Media contact:
Tina Vennegaard 310-581-2700 x117

Project coordinator:
Lily Kelly

July 9, 2014

Source: Global Green USA

Global Green Introduces Largest Compost Pilot for Los Angeles Apartments

July 9, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — The pilot is the first residential building in Los Angeles with over 5 units to implement food scrap collection.

"The City of Los Angeles under Mayor Garcetti's leadership is committed to 70% waste reduction by 2020," said Mary Luevano, Interim Executive Director of Global Green USA. "Through our Coalition for Resource Recovery project, we have identified the tools we need to get simple, convenient food scrap reocvery established in homes and neighborhoods across LA. By diverting these nutrient-rich food scraps from landfill and back into our soils we are closing the loop on our local food system, and saving water and energy." Read More >

March 19, 2014

Source: Global Green USA

Greener Packaging for Boston: Global Green USA and NAFCO Successfully Test Recyclable Seafood Boxes

March 19, 2014 (Boston, MA) — Demonstrating that recyclable packaging can survive one of NAFCO's longest shipping routes, Global Green USA coordinated a pilot in which water-resistent packaging that is 100% recyclable with regular cardboard could be used to bring Chesapeake Bay seafood five hundred miles to a Boston location of a major grocery chain. Read More >

July 23, 2013

Source: Global Green USA

Green Packaging in the Big Easy: Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery Tests Recyclable Seafood Boxes

July 22, 2013 (New Orleans, LA) — New Orleans seafood is going green. Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) joined forces this past week with the New Orleans Fish House to test recyclable coated corrugated boxes as methods of transporting locally caught seafood. These innovative boxes, made by CoRR members Cascades Industrial Packaging and Interstate Container, are designed to be recyclable, unlike the paraffin-coated packaging typically used, and also withstand the icy seafood packing process. Read More >

April 25, 2013

Source: Mayor's Office, City of New York

Mayor Bloomberg Announces More than 100 Restaurants to Participate in the "Food Waste Challenge," a New City Program to Reduce Amount of Waste Sent to Landfills

New York, NY – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that more than 100 restaurants will participate in the first-ever Food Waste Challenge, a new City program to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and the greenhouse gases that waste produces. The program will help meet the City’s PlaNYC goals to divert 75 percent of all solid waste from landfills by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions ... “We applaud the Mayor’s office for launching the Food Waste Challenge,” said Lily Kelly, Interim Director of Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery. “When more businesses recover their food waste it benefits all New Yorkers by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging investment in local processing infrastructure. We are delighted to be working with the Mayor's office to support this program.” Read More >

January 17, 2013

Source: Global Green USA

Video Released Detailing Results of Global Green's Recyclable Produce Box Pilots

Santa Monica, CA – Global Green USA released a video today detailing the promising results of their 2012 pilots to test recyclable produce boxes that are designed to withstand wet cooling processes. For the pilots, Global Green USA teamed up with members of their Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to test alternatives to paraffin-coated produce boxes, which cannot be recycled and are a contaminant within bales of uncoated cardboard. Boxes were tested with a variety of wet cooling processes in California and New Jersey and the results show that many box products with recyclable coatings are robust enough to withstand vacuum cooling, hydro-vac, and some hydro-cooling processes. Read More >

April 19, 2012

Source: Global Green USA

Grocers, Farmers, Box-Makers and Global Green USA Partner to Develop and Pilot Recyclable Produce Boxes

April 19, 2012 – Santa Cruz, CA – Recyclable produce box trials commenced in honor of Earth Day at New Leaf Community Market’s flagship store in Santa Cruz, California. The event took place in the heart of a major farming region for leafy greens, which are commonly packed in unrecyclable boxes. The produce was provided by local farm Lakeside Organic Gardens,and the latest in commercially available Fibre Box Association certified recyclable boxes were supplied by members of Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), Green Bay Packaging and Interstate Container.Read More >

January 23, 2012

Source: Global Green USA

Global Green Congratulates CoRR Member Interstate Container and Allen Harim Foods for Switching to Reyclable Poultry Packaging

Global Green USA and its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) initiative congratulated Allen Harim Foods and Interstate Container today for their pioneering efforts to transform poultry packaging and set an example for all food packaging to be more environmentally responsible. Interstate Container, a founding CoRR member, recently transitioned Allen Harim Foods’ non-recyclable coated corrugated packaging to FBA-certified recyclable coated boxes. If these boxes are recycled, the move will eliminate 11,000 tons of carbon emissions each year by preventing methane-generating paper fiber from entering the landfills, and bringing it back onto the market as valuable commodities. Read More >


July 6, 2011

Global Green USA Seeks Quick Service Restaurants to Participate in a New York City Recycling Pilot to Inform the Design of National Recycling Solutions

Pilot Program Features Pret A Manger as Lead Participant; CleanRiver to Donate Up to 150 Recycling Bins to Facilitate Pilot

Every year, 4.1 million tons of paper, prepared food packaging is landfilled in the United States. The collection and recycling of this material would decrease greenhouse gas emissions by ~15 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent to removing 3 million passenger vehicles from the road. The 150-store pilot will build upon the findings of previous pilot programs conducted in partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company, Pret a Manger and other members of its Coalition for Resource Recovery. Read more >

January 27, 2010

New Recyclable Poultry Packaging Packs a Powerful Climate Punch; Saves Money & Resources

Global Green USA, Mountaire Farms, and Interstate Container announced completion of the conversion of the largest poultry plant in the US to recyclable, wax-alternative boxes, thereby reducing costs and environmental impact, and assisting its customers in cost-effectively meeting their environmental goals. At the International Poultry Expo, Global Green USA applauded Mountaire Farms and Interstate Container for their pioneering roles in reducing the environmental impact of wholesale transfer packaging as this innovation has the potential to influence the design of transfer packaging for all types of poultry, meat, produce and seafood delivered to grocers and restaurants throughout the world. Global Green also called on the food packaging industry to convert to this newly achievable green standard. . Read more >

September 22, 2009

Global Green USA Announces Conversion of Largest Poultry Plant in US to Recyclable and Compostable Boxes, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Global USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery announced a key milestone today in its goal of achieving 100% recyclable wholesale packaging through Hunt’s Point Distribution Center, the largest food distribution center in the world. Mountaire, the sixth largest poultry company, and Interstate Container, in partnership with Global Green, commenced the conversion of Mountaire’s New York City business and its Lumberbridge, NC facility - the largest poultry processing plant in the U.S. - to FBA-certified recyclable and compostable boxes supplied by Interstate Container. Read more >

September 10, 2009

Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery Launches
Foodservice Recycling Pilot at Seven Starbucks Stores in Manhattan

Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery today announced the launch of its recycling program at seven Starbucks stores in Manhattan. The pilot will test the collection and recycling of coffee cups when combined with old corrugated cardboard (OCC), the most extensively recycled material in the United States. The objective of this program is to develop a cost effective mechanism to close the loop on paper packaging, reducing greenhouse gases and assisting municipalities in reaching their solid waste diversion goals. Read more >

July 8, 2009

Major Food Chains and Packaging Companies Initiate Innovative Recycling Campaign in NYC Starbucks Leads Coalition by Announcing a 15 Store Pilot Test in Manhattan

Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, convened 80 participants for a “value chain caucus” aimed at diverting prepared food packaging from the nation’s landfills. Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) including Burger King and McDonald’s provider, Havi Global Solutions, and coffee purveyors Starbucks and Canada’s Tim Horton’s joined with paper products suppliers MeadWestvaco, International Paper, Durobag, Interstate Container, Solo Cup, Dopaco, Huhtamaki, GA Pacific, and Pactiv to discuss how to make their cups, cartons, bags, and boxes readily recyclable. .Read more >

May 12, 2009

Recycling Fiber-Based Hot Cups with OCCInitial Bench Top Research Shows Promising Results

Western Michigan University’s Coating and Recycling Pilot Plant performed initial bench top research on two brands of hot cups mimicking the Fibre Box Association’s protocol for treated corrugated. One brand passed repulpability standards while the other failed. Through WMU’s experience, it appears that cups could be designed for repulpability that could be integrated within corrugated cardboard or mixed waste paper streams. Read more >

March 1, 2009

Largest Recyclable Wholesale Transfer Packaging Initiative in U.S. to Commence at World’s Largest Food Distribution Center — Interstate Container and Mountaire Pioneer Launch Test

Global Green USA announced today its plan to substitute all non-recyclable transfer packaging distributed from Hunt’s Point Distribution Center, the largest food distribution center in the world, with recyclable packaging. If successful, the program would divert 30,000 tons/yr of corrugated from the landfill and would reduce greenhouse gases by 103,000mtCO2e/yr, equivalent to taking 19,000 cars off the road, and would set the standard for greening transfer packaging throughout the world. Read more >

October 28, 2008

Global Green USA Announces Founding Members of NYC Coalition for Resource Recovery to Save Big Apple Money and Reduce CO2 emissions by Zeroing out Waste

Global Green USA recently announced its innovative Coalition for Resource Recovery to dramatically reduce the waste stream and associated greenhouse gas emissions from transporting and disposing of this food packaging waste in New York City. Twenty-seven leading corporations and organizations joined together at the new organization’s kick-off meeting. Read more >