Recycling

EPA leader connects recycling and environmental justice

5 May 2021

The U.S. EPA’s top environmental justice official has a message for recycling operators: Don’t wait for a conflict to arise to start engaging with the community that surrounds you.

Matthew Tejada, who since 2013 has been director of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, addressed the recycling sector on April 29 during the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ ISRI2021 online conference.

Asking what should count as recycling, EPA gets an earful

20 Apr 2021

If food scraps from households are composted, should that count in the nation’s recycling rate? What if they’re fed to livestock or processed in anaerobic digesters?

Those are just a couple of the many questions the EPA is grappling with as it seeks to define exactly what “recycling rate” will mean. Last fall, the agency released a national recycling rate goal of 50% by 2030. Using current methodologies, the EPA estimates the U.S. has a 32% recycling rate.

Paint Recycling Program Launches in Washington State

2 Apr 2021

A new paint recycling program beginning in the state of Washington allows households and businesses to recycle leftover paint, stain, and varnish conveniently and sustainably. The program is operated by PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American Coatings Association (ACA) to manage leftover paint in states that have enacted paint stewardship laws. PaintCare will provide more than 200 drop-off sites across Washington, which include paint retail stores and locally managed government facilities.

California’s carpet industry to pay more than $1M for recycling failures

1 Apr 2021

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced March 30 that the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) will pay the state of California $1,175,000 in penalties for its repeated failure from 2013 through 2016 to meet recycling and landfill diversion goals under California’s Carpet Product Stewardship Law. The settlement agreement follows a California Third District Court of Appeal ruling affirming administrative civil penalties against CARE, which is an organization that represents carpet manufacturers.

How greater transparency on commodity pricing can help the public understand the true cost of recycling

18 Mar 2021

Municipal governments and the public might strongly support residential recycling, but they might not fully understand how commodity markets work in the recycling industry. They sometimes have misconceptions about the value of commodities processed by material recovery facilities (MRFs).

More Recycling rebrands as Stina Inc.

17 Mar 2021

More Recycling (which many AOR members may recall was formerlly Moore Recycling and rebranding as MORE when Patty Moore retired and sold the firm), a research and technology firm headquartered in Sonoma, California, has rebranded as Stina Inc., its legal entity name, in a move that expands its mission to help organizations and individuals prioritize the sustainable use of resources, according to a news release from the com

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