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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 >