June 7, 1988 |
Southern California's biggest export by volume is not oranges, movies or missiles. It's empty space. But that's changing, and shipping companies say it is about time. Close to half the containers that passed through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last year left empty. But the fall in the U.S.
December 29, 1999 |
When you haul your body off the stair climber come New Year's Day, don't toss out the Gatorade bottle. Under a new law, it will be worth 2.5 cents at your local recycling center. But that empty magnum of Moet on the coffee table? Sorry; that one won't reap you a payback. Launched in 1987, California's bottle and can recycling program expands beginning Saturday, placing a fresh assortment of beverages under the state's deposit and refund rules.
June 19, 2001 |
Gerber is changing the packaging of some of its baby food. Gone are the single-serving glass jars used since the 1940s to package applesauce, bananas and pears. Now those three products will come in cube-shaped plastic containers, Gerber Products Co. officials were to announce today. The new containers will come in four-packs and have plastic lids that snap on and off with a foil seal to prevent tampering.
March 4, 1991 |
In early February, a coalition of consumer-products makers and packagers came out with their own guidelines for "green" marketing: the use of terms such as biodegradeable and recycled material on package labels. It was the latest effort by industry to appear more environmentally friendly. At the forefront of the green issue is packaging: By some estimates, a third of what goes into landfills is packaging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1988 |
All he wanted to do was to park his long white recycling bins in the parking lots of neighborhood supermarkets. But for John Griffin, Southern California manager for Reynolds Aluminum Recycling, the mandates of the new California recycling law ran head-on into a raft of local zoning restrictions. Some cities wanted him to enclose the bins within block walls; others wanted him to install landscaping. Some asked for architectural plans or traffic studies. A few told him no way.
October 14, 1989 |
A top-level law enforcement official disclosed Friday that two feuding state officials have separately asked for investigations of payments made to businesses they suspect of defrauding the California beverage container recycling program. Whitt Murray, acting chief of the Department of Justice's bureau of investigations, said the investigations of suspected fraud by recyclers were requested by state Controller Gray Davis and Director of Conservation Randall M. Ward.
April 26, 2001 |
Shares of EarthShell Corp. hit a 52-week high and then plunged by nearly a third Wednesday as investors attempted to sort out how close the Santa Barbara-based company is to seeing its tests of biodegradable fast-food containers turn into major sales contracts. The company's stock price rose to $5.46 before ending the day at $4.38, down 30 cents on Nasdaq, after a company announcement that it would start testing disposable coffee cups made from its limestone and potato starch material.
June 22, 1997 |
Environmentalists are cool to the concept, but a self-chilling beverage container developed by a California company was crowned "Can of the Year" Friday at an industry trade show. The award by the International Canning Technology Exhibition came a day after Britain urged a ban on the Chill-Can because of fears the refrigerant it uses would contribute to global warming. The Joseph Co., based in Laguna Niguel, spent eight years developing the can, which chills its contents 30 degrees in minutes.
March 14, 1991 |
In what many see as a strong sign that California's long-troubled beverage container recycling program is finally working, the state will announce today that recycling rates for bottles and cans have jumped dramatically--particularly for containers made of plastic. The return rate for all materials combined--aluminum, glass, plastic and steel--went from 56% in 1989 to 70% in 1990, according to the state Division of Recycling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990 |
Luis Raul Rodriguez steps over the bodies soaking up sun on the beach, heads past the children shoveling sand into pails and barely notices the boys heaving their neon-colored boards into the surf. Rodriguez's eyes instead are trained on the next rusty trash can, and the treasures that lie within. At each container, he peers in, quickly scanning paper plates and cups, the tins of bean dip and the suntan lotion bottles.