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Haulers enjoyed recyclables prices in 2020

by Jared Paben

Higher commodity prices boosted recycling revenues for Waste Management, Republic Services and North America’s other largest haulers last year, according to earnings reports.

Republic Services waste collection truck.

Women in Circularity: Stephanie Barger

by MaryEllen Etienne

In this first in a monthly series of interviews with women leading the global effort to move us toward a circular economy, we meet Stephanie Barger, who manages a zero waste certification program for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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The latest MRF builds and retrofits across the globe

by Colin Staub

Several materials recovery facilities across North America and the U.K. recently announced upgrades or other major projects. The initiatives include optical sorter installations targeting fiber and plastic, advanced artificial intelligence plans and more.

Baled OCC in the recycling facility.


Time to adjust

by William Turley

Market development is a key trend across recycling, but several issues unique to the C&D realm have sparked action on that side of the sector.


Real-world test

by Beth Coddington

Over the past several years, industry stakeholders have been working on a pilot initiative to see how flexible plastic packaging recovered at the curb would behave in a large MRF. Here are the takeaways.


The whole package?

by Calvin Lakhan

Advocates of EPR for curbside materials have noted the producer-funding approach encourages recycle-friendly design and system efficiency. But one academic researcher in Canada calls those points into question.


Community Spotlight: A Midwest county’s regional plan

by Colin Staub

Cooperation and coordination between local governments has helped boost materials recovery in the Green Bay, Wis. metropolitan area.


Panel discussion

By Melissa Ann Schmidt

The solar recycling sector is in its early stage of development, but it’s never too early to plan for the future. With exponential growth of PV waste expected in the coming decades, now is the time to build sustainable recovery systems for this material.


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