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”
Trash pickers in San Francisco make a living by going through billionaires’ garbage and selling the designer jeans, vacuum cleaners, and iPads they discover Three blocks from Mark Zuckerberg’s $10 million Tudor home in San Francisco, Jake Orta lives in a small, single-window studio apartment filled with trash. There’s a child’s pink bicycle helmet that … More In San Francisco, Making a Living From Your Billionaire Neighbor’s Trash
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
Based on a survey of 397 landfills in the US, the national average waste disposal tip fees have been on the rise for years, though rates vary radically by region and state—as high as $151.19 per ton in Alaska and as low as $24.75 per ton in Mississippi, according to an April 2018 report by … More Supply and Demand Drives Rising Waste Disposal Tip Fees Nationally
EREF has helped shape the waste and recycling landscape over the last 25 years with its mission to advance education and research. … More How EREF’s focus on education and research has transformed the waste industry
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?