Between overseas import restrictions, tariff impacts and domestic market volatility, an erratic environment has become the norm for recycling operators around North America.
The average blended value for recyclables at U.S. MRFs was recently calculated at around $35 per ton with processing costs near $80 per ton. … More Recycling: Does it Still Make Sense?
A survey commissioned by Covanta found 62 percent of respondents worry that a lack of knowledge causes them to recycle incorrectly. Americans don’t know how to recycle—and that lack of knowledge is the biggest barrier to being green, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans revealed that 62 percent of respondents worry that … More Covanta Survey: “Americans Don’t Know How to Recycle”
Recycling used to be a money maker but now it’s costing us, and growing our landfills… With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and … More Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?
When you drop a bottle in a blue bin, you’re joining the unruly transglobal trash trade. If you wanted to recycle a Coke bottle, the spring of 2011 was a great time to do it. That spring, every soda bottle you dropped into the translucent blue bag in your kitchen was worth about eight times … More Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit
As the zero-waste movement gains momentum, so does the public’s desire to responsibly dispose of what consumes nearly one-third of municipal waste—food scraps. The uptick in demand has resulted in a boom of municipal organics curbside collection programs in recent years, often driven by local governments or community groups. But for some who have studied … More Running effective organics collection programs
“No one is shocked when a paper mill closes anymore. The shocking thing is when one reopens.” As he watched the No. 7 paper machine hiss and hum for what he thought was the last time, Rick Strick felt a lump well in his throat. It was Sept. 21, 2017, and the paper mill that … More The Great American Cardboard Comeback
Americans are consuming more and more stuff. Now that other countries won’t take our papers and plastics, they’re ending up in the trash. … More Is This the End of Recycling?