Tag: recycling programs

A number of different systems have been implemented to collect recyclates from the general waste stream. These systems lie along the spectrum of trade-off between public convenience and government ease and expense. The three main categories of collection are “drop-off centers,” “buy-back centers” and “curbside collection.” “Between 1960 and 2000, the world production of plastic resins increased 25-fold, while recovery of the material remained below 5 percent.” Many studies have addressed recycling behaviour and strategies to encourage community involvement in recycling programmes. It has been argued that recycling behaviour is not natural because it requires a focus and appreciation for long-term planning, whereas humans have evolved to be sensitive to short-term survival goals; and that to overcome this innate predisposition, the best solution would be to use social pressure to compel participation in recycling programmes. However, recent studies have concluded that social pressure is unviable in this context

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

Has recycling in the United States stalled? How dire is the situation? Industry executives have argued force­fully that prices for recycling commodities have largely fallen to the point over the past several years that it is not economical for them to process recyclables and market them to largely Asian markets,

Money Talks

Money Talks

In the November/December 2016 edition, we summarized a few leading issues in solid waste financial planning. Due to the length of the article, we were unable to cover a few topics that have bubbled up to the surface during the course of some recent financial studies. Here are a few

SWANA News

SWANA’s Safety Ambassador Program Named “Safety Initiative of the Year” By Waste Dive

The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Safety Ambassador program has been named the winner of the 2016 Dive Awards: Safety Initiative of the Year by Waste Dive, a leading industry news publisher.

Across the waste and recycling industry,

National Recycling Coalition Announces 2016–2017 Officers

National Recycling Coalition Announces 2016–2017 Officers

Elections for officers were held during the Fall Board meeting on November 9, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The new officers, listed below, will serve for the next year:

President: Bob Gedert, Department Director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin

Chair of the Board: David Juri Freeman, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

Executive Vice

Facts on Glass Recycling

Facts on Glass Recycling

Recyclers typically do not want glass for several reasons. First, the market for recycled glass is poor to non-existent in most parts of the country. Second, glass breakage and cross contamination at material recovery facilities leads to increased processing costs and increased contamination of other recyclable materials, thus lowering the

FACT: Food Waste Is the Hottest Topic in Solid Waste

FACT: Food Waste Is the Hottest Topic in Solid Waste

SWANA’s Foundation researched source-separated organic waste recycling programs that went beyond just yard trimmings. From composting to anaerobic digestion to bioreactor cells, this executive summary reviews the technologies, costs and environmental impacts of a variety of options.

Click here to download a free executive summary that overviews the ARF report “Options

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