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Feb. 26, 2014

Environmental groups in Houston have descended upon a citywide plan to transition its waste and recycling program to allow residents to throw everything from a half-eaten sandwich to an aluminum can into one bin for collection. Once collected, the contents would be automatically sorted at a new "dirty" materials recovery facility, but environmentalists argue the plan gives up on residents doing their part and will hurt the value of recyclables.

Of the more than 10 million searches conducted through Earth911's innovative recycling directory, aluminum cans, motor oil and Christmas trees were the three most looked-up topics, leading the directory's top-13 list in 2013. The listings also provide recycling options for a host of products.

Mattress retailers in Connecticut are urging lawmakers to reshape the state's mattress recycling law to include a consumer recycling fee at point of sale. The change would replace fees retailers are currently required to pay to help fund the manufacture-run recycling effort for the bulky products.

A new online video gives visitors unprecedented access to Sims Municipal Recycling's 11-acre recycling facility in Brooklyn, New York. Sending a GoPro video camera through the sorting system, the Business Insider video shows the journey material takes on its way to getting sorted and baled.

Aerospace company Boeing and Kaiser Aluminum have teamed up to develop a closed-loop aluminum recycling program. The partnership will aim to recycle 22 million pounds of Boeing's aluminum scrap during the 2014-2015 production period, providing the company with recycled aluminum for use in aerospace sheets and plates.

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