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June 4, 2014

Recycling Reinvented, a group that advocates for more extended producer responsibility strategies, has issued a statement that "salutes" the recent move by Walmart and other corporate giants to inject capital into the national recycling infrastructure. But the statement also explains there are some limitations in the strategy. The brand owner plan, called the Closed Loop Fund, is based on zero interest loans given to municipalities, and Closed Loop administrators have pointed out municipalities will be able to pay back those loans through savings that come as diversion increases and landfill fees fall. But Recycling Reinvented says such logic doesn't add up in communities that contract out garbage collection to private firms.

At University of North Carolina, Charlotte football games this upcoming season, fans will get some much-needed recycling advice from a robot (cue herky-jerky dance moves). Developed by a group of engineering students, the RecycleBot stands three-and-a-half feet tall and will instruct fans to either recycle or compost their gameday food service packaging.

Despite the prevalence of metal theft legislation in all 50 states in the U.S., tracking their effectiveness is proving hard to do, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). ISRI recenlty partnered with the Council of State Governments (CSG) to study the current laws on the books and found that no state is properly compiling the data necessary to fully analyze what impacts are being made.

In the latest iteration of Keep America Beautiful's "I Want to be Recycled" campaign, the national group has released an arcade-style video game that can be played online. "Super Sorter" makes you, the gamer, the head of a busy materials recovery facility as various materials arrive in need of sortation. Get the proper equipment located at strategic spots on the line or else materials will go unrecovered, revenues will drop and it'll quickly be game over.

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