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Low aluminum prices add to MRF woes

by Colin Staub

Used beverage cans, historically a reliable and valuable commodity, have seen recent price lows that are adding extra strife to already stressed residential recycling markets.

Used beverage containers collected for recycling.

Aggregate producer to use more post-consumer glass

by Colin Staub

A company that uses recovered glass to create construction materials is doubling capacity at its Pennsylvania aggregate manufacturing plant.

Aerial view of Aero Aggregates facility.

New year brings stable prices for many recyclables

by Staff

Prices for post-consumer papers and plastics have shown stability over the past month, but cash fetched for aluminum has continued to slide.


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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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