Did you know?

Did you know?

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

We offer some unique facts about recycling.

Bill Gates loves garbage. The co-founder of Microsoft and one of the world's richest people owns Cascade Investments. This investment firm now owns about one-quarter of Republic Services, the nation's second largest waste management firm and a major recycling processor. Gates' stock holding in the waste and recycling company approaches $2.5 billion.

Did your local MRF see its sales of baled homopolymer HDPE bottles (e.g., milk jugs) decline last year by about 3 percent? That's expected, because Americans are consuming less and less milk. The drop in consumption, which was the largest in more than 35 years, is due to children representing a smaller and smaller slice of the U.S. population, plus because of the rising price of milk due to increased costs for the grains fed to cows.

Do you think the magazine industry is dying? Well, in fact it isn't. According to Mediafinder, 82 magazines ceased publishing in the last year, but another 227 magazines began operations. Many of the new periodicals were in the regional-interest, lifestyle, craft and luxury categories.

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