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Public schools in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut will be engaged in a single-stream recycling collection program throughout this school year. Bridgeport, which has a population of around 150,000 people and is the largest city in Connecticut, began single-stream collection for most residents in 2011.

Waste Management announced the company helped the Iowa State Fair break its record for recycling volume for the third straight year. Hundreds of on-site bins as well as education sessions for vendors and campers led to the diversion of 35 tons of material during the 11-day event.

Republic Services has opened its 90,000-square-foot North Texas Recycling Complex, a single-stream MRF serving the Dallas area. The facility can can process more than 500 tons of material daily and will employ around 40 full-time workers.

The U.S. Composting Council is calling for entries for its 13th annual poster contest. The winning designer will score a $500 savings bond, and the layout will be used to promote next May's International Compost Awareness Week.

A Canadian company called TheJunkGuys created an infographic looking at some of the facts and figures around North American garbage. Among the most compelling stats is this one: According to the infographic, on average, it costs $30 to recycle one ton of material, $50 to dump it in a landfill and $65 to $70 to incinerate it.

As part of a meeting detailing sustainability goals, Walmart announced efforts to increase recycling within its supply chain. The retail behemoth said it is taking steps to increase the supply and demand of recycled plastics and wants to help push design changes that will make for more easily recyclable goods.

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