NewsBits

NewsBits

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The U.S. Postal Service recovers a substantial volume of materials. In 2012, USPS sold more than 186,000 tons of mixed paper, 35,000 tons of old corrugated containers, 6,000 tons of plastics, 4,000 tons of scrap metal and 19,000 tons of other products.

The City of Chicago this week announced that it is launching the second phase of its citywide recycling expansion. Approximately 61,000 households will receive new blue recycling rollcarts starting June 24 under the expansion. Currently 390,000 households (single-family and up to four-units) receive curbside recycling service in the Windy City.

The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Make it Possible initiative has launched Bathroom to Bin — an interactive online tool that shows how plastic is used in common bathroom items, as well as how they can be recycled. Visitors to the site can also enter into a drawing to win a $500 American Express gift card.

The Carpet America Recovery Effort has issued a request for proposal seeking new ideas for end-uses for post-consumer carpet. Proposals are due by June 17 and would be scheduled to start Aug. 1 of this year, concluding June 30, 2014. The full requirements and contact information can be found here.

The Vancouver Sun has an in-depth profile of a controversial non-profit electronics recycling organization. According to the story, the Electronics Recycling Association has repeatedly misrepresented major Canadian recycling organization, used their logos without permission, distributed false press releases, improperly exported material to China, and resold or donated computers with original data still intact. In short, it's a good read.

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