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China: Waste restrictions will spur US job growth

by Colin Staub

Chinese officials have responded to concerns from other nations about recent import restrictions. The Chinese comments directly address the “waste versus scrap” debate as well as global economic repercussions of National Sword.

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Data expert ranks recycling metrics

by Colin Staub

Opinions vary widely on the best tactic to record a program’s diversion progress. An expert recommends returning to the basics with a relatively simple calculation that shows areas for improvement.

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Study finds benefits to bag-based collections

by Jared Paben

In certain circumstances, having households bag recyclables and leave them at the curb might be a better option than using carts or bins.

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The lithium-ion battery risk at materials recovery facilities

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An industry survey offers a look at how facility operators are perceiving a hazard that’s showing up on lines more frequently.

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Central California goes high-tech with retrofit

by Jared Paben

Mid-Valley Disposal recently installed new sorting equipment at its Fresno, Calif. MRF, including optical sorters to remove contaminants from the the fiber stream and sort plastics by polymer.

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Why recycling is crucial to one Florida city

by Colin Staub

For Tampa, Fla., the recycling program diverts material away from the waste-to-energy plant, which would otherwise be filled to capacity.

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Speaking their language

by Michelle Metzler

It’s becoming increasingly important for recycling coordinators to effectively communicate curbside best practices to multicultural populations. An outreach pro from Waste Management details a recent pilot project that determined effective strategies for reaching Latino residents.

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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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