John Muir

March 26, 2019

Where Does Joe Biden Stand on the Environment?

Biden promises action on environmental issues, but does not give many details.

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced he will enter the crowded 2020 Democratic Primary, , focusing his announcement video on the threat posed to America's identity and values by President Donald Trump. Biden didn't mention climate change or the environment in his video, which focused on the 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer, and on Trump's statement after the event that there were "very fine people on both sides." So how does his environmental record and platform compare to other 2020 Democrats? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has made climate change the focus of his campaign. Inslee, as well as fellow candidates and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, are all far ahead of him on 350 Action's 2020 Climate Test. The test grades candidates on three criteria: their support for a Green New Deal, their commitment to keeping fossil fuels in the ground and their signing of the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. 

February 08, 2019

Plastic Bans Spread in India

Single Use Items are Targeted in the Worlds 2nd Largest Country



From National Geographic
By  Yasawini Sampathkumar                             

By the beginning of this year, local governments in more than half of India’s 29 states and 7 territories had crafted legislation taking aim at single-use plastic. Bans on thin plastic shopping bags are the most common regulations. State government officials are also working to reduce the manufacturing of plastic by shutting down factories and preventing import of plastic products.They are also refining an effort begun in 2016 to establish “extended producer responsibility,” or EPR guidelines that require manufacturers to pay for the collection and recycling of waste their products become. And, local administrations at the city, town, and village levels have been asked to ensure that consumption, distribution, and sale of banned plastic is prevented. 

September 17, 2018

As part of its "Recycle Everything" agenda, ewasteSF now recycles Styrofoam .

See how we recycle styrofoam anjd the impact it has on the waste stream.

As part of the ewasteSF committmernt to  "Recycle Everything" we are now recycling Styrofoam at our drop off center and for our pick up services. In July 2016  the City of San Francisco banned the use of styrofoam (polystyrene) in food ware, packing materials, pool toys and more. The nationwide percentage of recycling of this material is currently only .2%. according to the San Francisco Chronicle. ewasteSF feels the addition of styrofoam recycling will have a meaningful impact on sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

July 12, 2018

The reality of recycling with the current administration. The New York times

Unsettling Trends

December 08, 2017

China to USA "Keep Your Junk"

No longer can we count on China to recycle our excess electronics

As of January, China has stopped allowing the import of recyclable goods from many countries including the United States. Now, these nations are struggling with excess amounts of recyclables with nowhere to send it.

Steve Frank of Pioneer Recycling in Oregon told The New York Times his inventory is out of control and that China's ban is “a major upset of the flow of global recyclables.” He's now having to look at other countries like Indonesia that may accept the recyclable items.

What this means for recycling in the US. US manufacturers like Hewlett Packard need to be held accountable for mass producing disposable printers. Now we are forced to look at our purchasing habits. The sales of aftermarket toner and defective supplies for personal use printers adds to the problem. 

Wildlife Society confirms its position on the issues of Climate Change, Hunting with firearms, Livestock grazing on US Range Lands

March 01, 2017

Top 15 Corporate Sustainabilty Reports 2016

What does your corporate reporting look like??

April 23, 2017

Mercury-containing Lights and Lamps as Universal Waste

Most fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps can be classified as dangerous waste, typically because of the mercury content. Businesses may not be aware they could be illegally disposing of a dangerous waste and subject to penalties...

March 01, 2016

The 7 Wastes of Lean Manufactiuring

Revisiting Basic Efficiencies Developed By Toyota

Efficiencies can be measured in similar ways across industries. Its' no surprise the Japanese showed us these key efficiency metrics years ago. Although seemingly obvious, these common themes nearly broke the US Auto Industry in the early 80's as our focus was miss-guided in pleasing the horsepower driven consumer vs. the reliability driven consumer. 

November 21, 2016

SF bans Styrofoam, and other cities should follow

ewasteSF Recycles Styrofoam In Response to San Francisco's New Ban

Say goodbye to the gas station coffee cup. San Francisco has passed the most far-reaching ban on plastic foam products in the country.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the anti-Styrofoam bill, written by Supervisor London Breed, on June 28. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, bans polystyrene in retail sales for a wide range of products including packing peanuts, ice chests, dock floats and those famous to-go coffee cups. Food-packaging products, like the meat and fish trays at the supermarket, will also be phased out.

San Francisco already has an antifoam law on the books. In 2007, it banned the use of polystyrene in to-go food containers. In fact, more than 100 cities have limited the foam products in some way. Polystyrene may be cheap, lightweight and effective at insulation, but it’s also an environmental and animal contaminant requiring centuries to biodegrade.

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