By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Republic Services, North America's second largest waste management firm, reported sales of recyclable sales of $88 million  in the first quarter of this year, down 3.5 percent from the year-earlier period. Recycling sales represented 4.4 percent of the firm's first-quarter revenues.
Waste Connections had recycling material sales from its 38 materials recovery facilities of $18.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, down 11.3 percent from the year-earlier level. Recycling represents about 4.2 percent of the waste management firm's revenue.
Two giants in fiber recovery reported mixed results for the quarter ended March 31. International Paper handled 581,000 tons of recovered paper in the period, up 8.2 percent over the year-earlier period. RockTenn bought 1.8 million tons of recyclable fiber in the 2013 period, down 9.8 percent of the year before. Recovered fiber income was $271 million in the 2013 quarter, a decline of 8.4 percent, with the recycling division generating net income of $3.5 million, off 16.7 percent.
Quebec's largest glass recycling plant is shutting down, according to the CBC , and "the company’s management says it isn’t sure where the glass will end up." According to the article, the facility in Longueuil processes 70 percent of La Belle Provence's glass collected for recycling.
Plastic packaging design is a threat to European Union recycling targets, according  to the trade organization Plastics Recyclers Europe. The group is pushing for the widespread adoption of the RecyClass classification system which would aid packaging designers in creating packaging that is designed for recycling. The system is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled at the upcoming Interpack conference in Germany.
The U.S. EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery has released a set of frequently asked questions  relating to current CRT regulations. Topics covered include which materials are regulated under RCRA, speculative accumulation of material, hazardous waste regulations, and other useful information.
An interactive, community-edited map  is now available that tracks plastic bag bans and fees across the globe.
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