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Surprising Ways Today’s Trends Affect Paper Recyclers

Think about how many things have changed in the past …

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Carpet Recycling in California Hits a Snag

When you think of recycling, the first image that probably …

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Hurricane Cleanup: What Happens to All That Debris?

Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated greater Houston with record-breaking …

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Pros and Cons of All-in-One Waste Collection Programs

With more and more cities setting lofty recycling goals or striving for “zero-waste” status, one idea always seems to get passed around to hit the magic numbers: the mixed waste processing facility. This concept goes by several names,…

Why the Food Recovery Act Is Worth Supporting

Forty percent of food in the U.S. is wasted. That translates to 133 billions pounds wasted. Or, in money terms, uneaten food costs $161 billion. If we could recover 15 percent of this wasted food and give it to families in need, the number of…

Will China’s Ban on Importing Waste Affect Your Recyclables?

The recycling industry got some big news last month when the World Trade Organization announced that China is intending to stop importing 24 different types of solid waste by the end of the year, including commonly accepted curbside recyclables…

Partnership Forms to Recycle Waste in the Antarctic

If recycling seems difficult to you, just think about what it’s like in other parts of the world — like ones at the end of the earth. In 1962, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) began to participate in regulating developments at “the bottom” of…

Can Greenwashing Ever Be Good?

When companies market a product as eco-friendly that might not necessarily be as “green” as they say, that’s known as greenwashing. A great example of this is boxed water — whether it comes in a plastic bottle or a carton, it still isn’t….

Can Wind Turbines Be Recycled?

At the end of 2016, there were 321,320 wind turbines spinning across the globe. As the wind energy industry matures, one trend is clear: Wind turbines are getting larger and taller, and have greater electricity generation capacity. There are now…

The Laws on Plastic Bags: To Ban or Tax?

When it comes to single-use plastic bags, the disposal issue is becoming less about whether they are recycled and more about what some cities are doing to reduce their existence in the first place. If you live in a city near a body of water, it’s…