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‘Sword’ to take center stage at state conferences

by Colin Staub

Many recycling associations are preparing for their biggest gatherings of the year, and three group leaders recently explained how China-related market disruptions will be tackled at their events.

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How scrap plastic exports shifted at largest U.S. port district

by Jared Paben

In the course of one year, Los Angeles-area exporters cut their scrap polyethylene shipments to China by 99 percent, leaving thousands of tons of plastic looking for a home. Other countries were only able to absorb about one-fifth of the volume.

Earth Day 2018: Focus on plastics pollution and recycling

by Editorial Staff

Sunday marks 48 years since the first Earth Day, an annual event full of recycling-related events and announcements. This year, plastics are at the center of the conversation.

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  • Recycling at the world’s largest retailer
  • Quick tips to lift your program now
  • An emerging plastic packaging concern
  • How do we evolve recycling metrics?

Diversion generates dollars in the Lone Star State

by Sara Nichols and Scott Pasternak

Stakeholders in Texas recently collaborated on a major study on the economic impact of recycling in the state. Here, two experts discuss the study’s insights into market development opportunities, funding sources for businesses and communities, and infrastructure needs and opportunities.

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Real impacts from artificial intelligence

by Dan Leif

Over the last year, robotic sortation has made a big splash in recycling. However, experts note the current iteration of technology is just the beginning of an automation shift that could reshape the realities of MRF construction and operation.


Trash probe reveals diversion potential and constraints

by Ben Knudson

Minnesota’s Hennepin County recently dug into the household trash stream to look for additional landfill diversion possibilities. The study results showed organics are the low-hanging fruit, but even theoretically recovering all of them would mean falling short of the county’s aggressive diversion targets.


Emerald City evolves diveresion with analytical assistance

by Colin Staub

A data-driven approach to materials recovery has helped the city of Seattle steadily expand its recycling program to target a wider range of streams.

Seattle has steadily grown its program since the 1980s, in large part by regularly interacting with the public.

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