Last year, in partnership with the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), NERC formed a Regional Recycling Markets Development Committee. The Committee determined that having regional information about the value of recyclable commodities would be extremely helpful for assessing regional market trends and would serve as an educational tool for promoting improved residential recycling and participation. North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has been doing a similar survey for many years. The results have been invaluable to recyclers, MRFs, and also munic
The second-largest city in the country also has a very ambitious waste diversion goal: 90% by 2025. That means Los Angeles must stay creative to continue managing the massive volume of recyclables its residents generate.
“We have a vast amount of bins all throughout the city,” said Robert Potter, city of Los Angeles division manager for the Bureau of Sanitation. “There are roughly 3 million containers that are out there on any given week.”
The city’s residential recycling program relies on city crews to service 750,000 single- and multi-family homes.
Waste Management Division creates community collector program to help recycle plastic in Lane County
When more than a thousand cars showed up for the last plastic round up, the Waste Management Division was concerned about the carbon emissions created by the cars. In response, waste management specialist Sarah Grimm says they created a community collector program to encourage a few people to collect plastic for their entire neighborhood.
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As technology advances, global brands increase their demand for recycled material and consumers’ awareness of the issues created by ocean plastic heightens, the market for recycled PP continues to grow and evolve. Reprocessors predict the market potential for recycled PP is “huge.”
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Research, performed by the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University, looked at the waste disposal behaviors of visitors in Yosemite, Grand Teton and Denali national parks. “As we all know, national parks are busy places nowadays. Because of this increased visitor use, parks are trying to deal with more urban-type issues in relatively remote settings. This includes things like traffic, parking, and of course, waste management,” project lead Zach Miller said.
James’ Neighborhood Recycling Service (www.jamesrecycling.com) is expanding and needs an affordable warehouse space. Even a small shared space would do!
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The Canadian province of British Columbia released a survey to gain its residents’ opinions on proposed new actions to reduce plastic waste in the province’s waterways, environment and landfills.
According to a news release from the British Columbia government’s website, British Columbians are encouraged to share their opinions on plastic waste and recycling in an online survey.
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Our recycling system is in a crisis. Last year, China stopped taking our recycling for processing, setting off a chain reaction of problems for the American recycling system. In New England and across the country, the cost of recycling for towns and cities is skyrocketing, forcing local governments to shift around their budgets, or worse, consider canceling their programs altogether.
Oregon may have a great reputation for recycling, but that doesn’t mean everyone is doing it right.
Numbers show an average of 25 percent of recycling in the United States is garbage, according to the National Waste & Recycling Association.
In the Portland metro, about 9 percent of what’s in a homeowner’s recycling bin is usually trash, according to Metro.