Green Chemistry Awards Lead to Improved Consumer Products

Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University, and Dr. James L. Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for their work in developing organocatalysts for efficient metal-free synthesis of biodegradable polyesters and other polymers.  According to EPA, they also “developed organic catalysts to depolymerize poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) quantitatively, allowing recycling

California Proposed Changes to its Rigid Plastic Container Regulations

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is proposing new rigid plastic container regulations.  The regulations expand the containers subject to the regulations by including rigid containers that are single use and eliminating the exemption for containers with metal handles.