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Paper exports grew in 2018, but plastics fell 35 percent

by Colin Staub

Despite a year of market uncertainty, U.S. recovered paper exports increased in 2018, driven largely by OCC shipments. However, scrap plastic exports fell substantially as countries enacted stringent trade policies.

Cargo ship on water.

Petrochem giants open up on ‘plastics waste problem’

by Dan Leif

Executives from large resin makers say circular economy principles are key to their companies’ long-term viability. Putting such a strategy into action will be no easy task, however.

Speakers on stage at the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show.

Values slip for key curbside recyclables

by Staff

Prices for OCC and aluminum cans continue to take a beating, and natural HDPE is now experiencing a slump as well. On a brighter note, PET has remained steady.


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Q&A: Collection goes electric

by Dan Leif

One major West Coast hauler is set to roll out two collection trucks powered entirely by electricity. A leader of the effort explains how the project underlines the power municipalities hold in their procurement activities.

Finding the funding

by Derric Brown

How can the U.S. recycling sector bolster infrastructure and recover more packaging? A collaborative project spearheaded by one industry group has investigated the full portfolio of options and offers some intriguing recommendations.


The freight depression

by Ken McEntee

A shortage of drivers and other factors are pushing up costs and concerns for both buyers and sellers of recycled material. Here’s a detailed look at today’s transport trials and tribulations.

trucking and logistics

In our opinion: Collection is only half the battle

by Nina Goodrich and Shari Jackson

Two industry group leaders say we need to increase demand for recovered plastic bags and wraps if we want to claim success in that sector.

plastic bag recycling

MRF of the Month: Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ Heartland Recycling Center

by Jared Paben

The Heartland Recycling Center’s neighbors include a major canal used for shipping goods, numerous rail lines and a busy expressway. And the Heartland MRF itself is moving fast, especially when it comes to adapting to market shifts.

Workers with recycling materials at a MRF.

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