West Coast News
The Product Stewardship Institute’s Scott Cassel and Megan Byers respond to the New York Times’ August 15th Opinion piece, The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling.
The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) recently put out a call to action to its members regarding three pieces of legislation that are facing steep opposition as they head to the Assembly Floor next week.
The Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is seeking proposals for its 2019 conference to be held at the University of Washington February 25-27.
Although China announced they are suspending the inspection process for US material headed to China, from May 4 through June 4, 2018, it did not have a large impact on the commodities we ship. Mainly, because we export very little material into China anymore. The continued trade restrictions and bans on the commodities we produce have all but shut the door for us to send recovered materials to them.
AOR-member Agilyx will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their Tigard, Oregon polystyrene-to-styrene oil plant on April 19, 2018 at 10am. The ribbon-cutting will launch a week of celebrations, including plant tours by invitation from April 24-26, 2018.
China's National Sword policy is particularly affecting Southern Oregon recycling programs. Here's a round-up of news articles on this issue:
Curbside Recycling Pickup Under Threat in Oregon Communities (A review of what's happening with recycling programs in Southern Oregon.) - from WRAL.com
China's recent decision to no longer accept post-consumer plastics has left local recyclers facing a serious challenge.
Oregon currently doesn't have a facility designed to separate plastics from the other materials collected.
In response to China's recent policies restricting the amount of contamination in recyclables it accepts, Coos County has reduced its contamination in its recycling by 85 percent in just two months.