Crain shutters Waste & Recycling News website
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Roughly seven weeks after ending its print product, the publisher of Waste & Recycling News announced the publication's web presence is also shutting down.
In 1995, Crain Communications began W&RN as a weekly magazine covering the waste management industry. Its last print edition was issued on Aug. 5, and the publication indicated it would continue as an online-only product.
A short time after that development, however, Crain canceled the brand's commercial recycling conference and stated it was looking for a buyer for W&RN assets.
On Sept. 24, the publication sent a message to its email subscribers telling them the website would no longer be updated. In a goodbye blog post, W&RN senior reporter Jim Johnson thanked advertisers for continued support, but also pointed out that recent decreases in advertising dollars had led to the product's end.
"For the waste and recycling industry to have a vibrant press moving forward providing coverage that's needed and wanted and deserved," Johnson wrote, "some potential advertisers have to look beyond profit and loss considerations when deciding whether to engage."
Brennan Lafferty, the publisher of the title, used his final post to call for more worker safety efforts: "Let's see the day when the waste and recycling industry doesn't make the top 10 most dangerous occupations in the country. It's in our power — your power, now — to do so.