In the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence may see and control all that’s happening in a recycling facility. But first, it’s going to do some work on a quality control line.
This Saturday, April 22 marks Earth Day, an event that was first celebrated in the U.S. 47 years ago. Industry entities are marking the occasion with efforts that range from impactful to flat-out quirky.
One industry expert said “skyfilling” of plastic scrap may hurt the climate more than landfilling, and the Closed Loop Fund checks in on a project it helped finance.
The City of Redding, Calif., will soon add a densifier to its recycling facility, allowing residents to drop off foam polystyrene for processing. The City will use grant money from the Foam Recycling Coalition to make the purchase.
Oregon’s plastics recycling business goes global, and the pioneering work of a recycled plastics lumber researcher is chronicled.
Retailers collecting select polyethylene bags for recycling worry that accepting other types of PE film will open the door to contamination.
Consumers should leave caps on their empty plastic bottles because when caps are taken off, they often fall through screens, contaminating glass cullet streams. Bottles without caps are also more likely to be flattened and sorted incorrectly.
Waste Management’s CEO says the company is still making some money on recycling but its return on capital is lagging, and environmentalists urge Minneapolis to ban plastic bags.