25 Years and 150 Million Pounds Later: Battery Recycling Through the Years
June 17, 2019
Rep. Betty McCollum, chair of the interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee has directed the EPA to develop an initiative tied to national standardization of recycling labels, spearheaded by Recycle Across America. And the Department of Energy recently announced a launch of a lithium-ion battery recycling prize. While a step in the right direction, these programs alone are not enough.
Mountains of unwanted recycling pose growing threat to US cities
April 02, 2019
“It’s worse than any other country in the world — people don’t want to hear that, but it’s true — because we generate more waste than any other country in the world,” Ms Hedlund said. “That generates an obligation to be better at recycling.”
Why recycling efforts are getting trashed: "This is a total no-no"
April 01, 2019
On a recent day in Orlando, three brave souls agreed to haul out their recycling bins to let correspondent Tony Dokoupil take a peek inside and (with the help of Mitch Hedlund, from Recycle Across America) do a little audit.
The U.S. Sucks at Recycling, and This 9-Year-Old Is Trying to Fix It
March 12, 2019
If you've ever used a recycling bin in the U.S., you'll probably recognize Recycle Across America's standardized labels, which clearly indicate which recycling bins are for which items. The nonprofit is on a mission to get more people to recycle by standardizing recycling labels across the country.
The future of re-use: Recycling is costly, but it shouldn’t be curtailed
January 14, 2019
Mitch Hedlund, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Recycle Across America says that recycling can be made profitable if it is done right. Her organization advocates for standardized labeling of recycling bins — visual cues that would be clearly understood by the public. She likens them to traffic signs that are consistent from town to town, state to state. The theory has been tested and proven as workable.
Recycle Across America Labels Help Simplify, Increase Recycling
November 09, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nine years ago, when she founded Recycle Across America, Mitch Hedlund’s idea to increase U.S. recycling rates seemed too simple to work.
Outreach effort nets major donations
October 30, 2018
Recycle Across America announced last week that its “Let’s recycle right” promotion effort has received donated advertising from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Lamar Advertising, Meredith Publications and more. The campaign, which features celebrities and other public figures, is now the largest recycling campaign in U.S. history, according to Recycle Across America.
Environmental activist sees glimmers of light in dark news about recycling
October 18, 2018
The Associated Press reported Oct. 10 that the global market for recycled consumer waste has collapsed, shuttering hundreds of processing facilities and leaving many municipalities paying to dispose of paper, plastic and other household recyclables that they used to sell at a modest profit.
Tons and tons of Chicago recycling isn’t getting recycled. And a private company is paid for it — twice.
October 18, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has allowed a private city recycling hauler to divert tons of residential plastics and paper into landfills the company owns, costing taxpayers twice and aggravating Chicago’s worst-in-the-nation recycling rate, a Better Government Association investigation has found.
In Response To U.S. Recycling Crisis Including The Shutdown Of 1,000 California Recycling Centers, Nonprofit Organization Recycle Across America Launches Largest Recycling Campaign In U.S. History
September 10, 2018
Actors, Olympic Gold Medalists, Grammy-Award winning musicians, Emmy-Award-Winning Comedians, CEOs, Global Sustainability Executives, Athletes, Government Officials and others featured in National "Let's recycle right!" TV/Billboard/Print/Social Media Campaign
At SFO, zero waste means zero confusion
August 30, 2018
Consistency is key. Visitors traveling between terminals see the same colors and signs. The airport’s sustainability team is also collaborating with businesses to streamline the types of disposable products offered, while promoting reusable materials. If all cups, forks and straws are compostable, for example, it’s easier for visitors to pick a bin.
Resource Recovery Wins Prestigious Industry Award for Let’s recycle RIght!® Campaign
June 14, 2018
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource Recovery) winner of the 2018 Gold Excellence Award in the Awareness Campaign category. This is the highest award given for an awareness campaign by the industry association.
RAA Mentioned: NRC: China's import ban exposed poor US recycling practices
May 17, 2018
Recycle Across America Executive Director Mitch Hedlund addressed this problem in an interview with Waste Dive in which she said that education cannot fix this challenge.
NFL, PepsiCo, U.S. Bank Stadium, Set Goal for Zero Waste Super Bowl
February 02, 2018
“We are focusing on practical solutions that help drive behavior change,” says Barbieri. “For example, we know that clear and consistent signage is key, so we’ve worked with U.S. Bank Stadium and Recycle Across America to relabel hundreds of bins in the stadium so fans know where to put their waste materials. The waste-to-energy section of the bins inside the stadium has been made smaller to encourage fans to place material in the larger recycling and composting bins. And the opening of the waste receptacle was redesigned to help fans get the right materials in the right bins. Simple changes like that can make a big difference.”
Ahead of Super Bowl, U.S. Bank Stadium Aims to Win Recycling
November 15, 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium is teaming up with Recycle Across America, a nonprofit organization that created the first and only society-wide standardized labels for bins in an effort to help recycling and closed-loop manufacturing thrive.
High-tech 'BigBelly' recycling bins installed in downtown Orlando
November 07, 2017
According to Downtown Orlando's release on the new recycling units, "The labels on our new containers come from Recycle Across America, and bring Orlando into the nationwide movement of standardizing recycling labels to help users better understand what to put in the bin."
Resource Recovery launches Let's recycle right! campaign
August 17, 2017
Together with an all-star cast of Rhode Islanders, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource Recovery) recently unveiled a campaign aimed to clean up the Ocean State’s mixed recycling. Created in partnership with Recycle Across America (RAA),
Applying Subaru's factory lessons to national parks
July 07, 2017
The automaker also provided grants to the three pilot parks to provide infrastructure, such as composting equipment, bear-resistant recycling containers and standardized labels, as well as educational support for park visitors, employees and the gateway communities.
What Is Your Event Doing to Help the Recycling Crisis?
May 11, 2017
While the outlook for the industry is bleak, Recycle Across America, a nonprofit organization, is finding that the simple solution of creating consistent labels and messaging on recycling bins can help the problem.
Subaru of America and Recycle Across America Join Forces to Support the Zero Landfill Initiative Piloted at Three National Parks
December 15, 2016
Subaru of America (Subaru) and Recycle Across America (RAA) today announce a donation of RAA's standardized recycling label system to support the automaker's zero landfill initiative currently being piloted at three national parks.
St. Anthony: Making it easier to recycle at the State Fair
September 03, 2016
The State Fair generates a lot of waste over its 12-day run — upward of 84 tons. But groups are trying to make the fair more of a reduce-reuse-recycle expo, adding 260 recycling bins this year on top of more than 500 already on site.
Santa Margherita Kicks Off Summer With ''She Shed'' Campaign
August 25, 2016
Santa Margherita has partnered with Recycle Across America (RAA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to simplifying the act of recycling for the general public, to increase awareness surrounding various sustainability and environmental issues. The partnership includes on-site educational awareness and a silent auction at the unveiling event with proceeds benefitting RAA's educational programs.
Study Reveals Lack of Awareness of Waste Challenges Facing U.S. National Parks
August 18, 2016
All three pilot parks have committed to adopting the standardized recycling labels from Recycle Across America that have been proven to increase recycling levels, reduce confusion at the bin and make it easier for park visitors to recycle correctly.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation enters into first-of-its-kind agreement with Recycle Across America
August 17, 2016
As summer heats up, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) announces a hot new agreement with Recycle Across America (RAA). On Earth Day (April 22) Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to adopt RAA’s standardized label solution for recycling bins, making 36,000 free labels available to all of RI’s public schools.
Consumer options exist for difficult-to-recycle plastics
July 21, 2016
EPA’s most recent report places the plastics recovery rate at 9%. Why does so little plastic find its way back into the system? Recycle Across America's standardized labels help people recycle plastics properly ...
'Human Resources' is Back
July 18, 2016
Check out RAA's partner Pivot TV's Season 3 of Human Resources. Human Resources is an unconventional, comedic, behind-the-scenes look at TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company whose mission is to eliminate the idea of waste.
NPR: R.I. Joins Standardized Label Movement - Expected To Improve Recycling Across The State
June 21, 2016
Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to join the national movement with Recycle Across America aimed at using a standardized recycling label. Major corporations, such as Whole Foods and Disneyland, have already joined the mission as well...
Naples Herald: Whole Foods, Recycle Across America Want ‘Leaders For Progress’
April 24, 2016
Whole Food Market has just partnered with Recycle Across America (RAA) for its “Leaders for Progress” initiative and its “Let’s recycle right!” campaign. As of April, the initiative has been launched in all 26 Florida stores to help further educate and enhance the public’s recycling habits. The stores recycling bins are now all labeled with easy-to- understand single-stream recycling and all team members have been trained fully to help assist in recycling.
Sustainable Brands: World’s First ‘Live Stream’ Billboard PSA Campaign Will Promote Recycling Across the U.S.
April 20, 2016
Celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, Bill Maher, Angie Harmon, Anthony Mackie, Johnny Galecki, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Piven, Olivia Stuck, AnnaSophia Robb, Kristen Bell, Stana Katic, Gabby Reece, Kendrick Sampson, and many others will be featured on Lamar Advertising’s digital billboards in promotion of Recycle Across America’s “Let’s recycle right!” campaign for Earth Week. World reknowned celebrity photographer Timothy White donated his talent with each of the celebrities to begin to make recycling shine!
Providence Journal: Green Living: R.I. first state to adopt recycling labels
April 14, 2016
We are so proud of the tiny but mighty state of Rhode Island for being the VERY FIRST STATE in the U.S. to adopt the society-wide standardized labeling system to make it easier for people to begin to recycle right, wherever they are in the state. They are starting to roll-out the standardized labels in their K-12 schools and government buildings first.
Forester Network: Recycle Across America and Participant Media’s Pivot Announce Two Landmark Events for Earth Week 2016
April 07, 2016
At 2016 Brand Leaders Solution Summit, strategy is introduced to address: mass closures of U.S. recycling plants; challenges with sustainable packaging; and waste in oceans. Followed by world’s first live-streamed celebrity PSA campaign.
First Coast News: St. Johns County joins nationwide effort to standardize recycling bins
March 30, 2016
St. Johns County is joining the nationwide movement to implement standardized labels on recycling bins to make it easier for the public to recycling properly. Along with Recycle Across America, St. Johns County's goal is to do something really simple: to standardize the labels for recycling bins across the country.
Waste Dive: Double trouble: Twice as much trash is sent to U.S. landfills than EPA estimate
September 22, 2015
A study published by researchers at Yale University in the journal Nature Climate Change determined that 289 million tons of waste was sent to landfills in 2012, more than twice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's figure of 135 million tons.