AOR Blog


The City of Seattle is requesting initial vendor review and input on a potential Request for Proposals (RFP) for future Organics Processing Services to process yard debris, food scraps, food-soiled paper, compostable food packaging, and compostable bags received through the City’s transfer stations and through the City’s solid waste collection contracts. Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) will be used to inform the final 2018 RFP for organics processing services starting in 2020 or 2022.

Interested vendors are encouraged to review the RFI, the draft RFP, and related documents, at  Note that you are required to complete a free registration to view, print or save documents. 

The deadline for submitting responses to the RFI is 3:00 PM, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Submittals and all questions regarding this RFI process shall be directed only to the RFI Administrator, Lisa Hill .

The City of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selection of Contractors is subject to applicable laws and ordinances regarding equal opportunity employment.


The city is switching to dual-stream recycling because of cost increases for single-stream recycling.

From Recycling Today, by Megan Smalley

The city of Kingston, New York, plans to transition from a single-stream recycling system to a dual-stream recycling system, according to the Daily Freeman newspaper. 


Modern life would be impossible without plastic – but we have long since lost control over our invention. Why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers?

This video is a collaboration with UN Environment and their Clean Seas campaign.


From the UN Environment Clean Seas...



Chicago, Illinois – On October 9, an innovative refillable bottle being used by Oregon craft beverage makers took top honors in the sustainability category at the Glass Packaging Institute’s (GPI) annual Clear Choice Awards. The new BottleDrop Refill bottle is by far the most environmentally...


From Recycling Today, edited by Adam Redling

WestRock Co., Atlanta, a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, recently announced it will begin accepting mixed paper bales that contain paper food service packaging at its 100-percent recycled paperboard mills across the United States. 



From Recycling Today, edited by DeAnne Toto.

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign, created in 2017 by the Association of Plastic Recyclers(APR), Washington, to develop new markets for recycled plastics, has generated almost 7 million pounds of new demand in its first year.

The APR Recycling Demand Champions...