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REMADE Institute puts $140 million in funding toward developing the circular economy
This article in GreenBiz describes current efforts by REMADE Institute to develop circular manufacturing. Grants are funded in five areas:
- Systems analysis and integration
- Design for reuse/disassembly
- Manufacturing material optimization
- Remanufacturing and reuse
- Recycling and recovery
JCHS Harvard study forecasts growth in home improvement in most metropolitan areas
Two recent articles from the Joint Center for Housing Studies predict growth in remodeling around the U.S. The first indicates robust growth for the 4th quarter of 2018, while the second forecasts slowing growth in 2019 due in part to rising mortgage interest.
New Jersey passes strong plastic bag ban
Plastic grocery bags, styrofoam food containers and plastic straws are all banned in the new legislation, making it the most aggressive statewide policy in the nation. Read about it here.
Restrictions relaxed on asbestos in U.S. products
A recent article in Fast Company reports that the EPA will no longer consider "the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground or water" in establishing restrictions for use of toxic chemicals. Asbestos is one of the materials that would be less restricted as a result.
Canadian e-recycling organization expands to U.S.
The Electronics Recycling Association, which has been collecting electronics for recycling in several Canadian cities for years, is starting the Electronics Reusing Association as a parallel organization in the U.S. Programs will be starting up soon in Seattle and San Jose. Learn more from the Waste Advantage article.
Ensia article looks broadly at deconstruction
This broad look at the state of deconstruction mentions a number of BMRA members.
Johnny Mercer house salvage contingent on funding
The Mercer house in Savannah Georgia needs to come down. Emergent Structures hopes to save it. Find out more.
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