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A number of different systems have been implemented to collect recyclables 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.”

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,

Study Finds 73% of U.S. Consumers Have Access to Curbside Recycling Programs

Study Finds 73% of U.S. Consumers Have Access to Curbside Recycling Programs

July 26, 2016, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), announced the release of results from an industry collaborative study on the national availability of recycling programs. The study, organized and commissioned by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), differs from previous studies in that:

• Single- and

NWRA and SWANA Issue Shared Positions on Recycling Market Issues

NWRA and SWANA Issue Shared Positions on Recycling Market Issues

WASHINGTON, DC and SILVER SPRING, MD. – July 26, 2016 — The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) today announced two addenda to their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables originally issued in April 2015.

The members of

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

Arange of collection and outreach methods were tested in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles (City). The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) already collects recycling, green materials, and trash in a three-bin system from 750,000 customer accounts that include multifamily complexes of four units and under. In

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

Arange of collection and outreach methods were tested in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles (City). The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) already collects recycling, green materials, and trash in a three-bin system from 750,000 customer accounts that include multifamily complexes of four units and under. In

Reader Profile: Steve Sargent

Reader Profile: Steve Sargent

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, one of the nation’s largest recyclers, points out on its website that the company was recycling before recycling was considered “cool.” In 1941, the company established one of southwestern Ohio’s first recycling operations by recycling metal during World War II. Trucks dumped waste into a pit, which

Reader Profile: Brian Van Straten

Reader Profile: Brian Van Straten

For a mentor in landfill management excellence, look no further than Brian Van Straten. He’s the director of Outagamie County, Wisconsin’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department, which won the 2015 SWANA Bronze Award for Landfill Management Excellence and had also been recognized by SWANA in 2010. The county of Santa Cruz,

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

In short, the common theme of these articles is that recycling in the United States has stalled, and the situation is dire. How dire is it? 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

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