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Legislation directs EPA to strengthen U.S. recycling

by Jared Paben

A funding bill advancing in Congress directs the U.S. EPA to develop a national recycling strategy addressing harmonized labeling, public education and other factors.

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Recycling will likely feel tariff impacts – again

by Colin Staub

In the wake of recent trade announcements from the U.S. and China, recycled paper pulp shipped to China will face additional levies and a North American equipment supplier has predicted major fallout from increased costs.

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Local leaders respond to market challenges

by Jared Paben

Many recycling programs have been struggling to find economic stability, and in some cases, they’ve slimmed down to survive. Here are recent examples of adjustments in three communities of varying size.

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Paper exports stable but plastics drop dramatically

by Colin Staub

U.S. recovered plastic exports during the first quarter were down by nearly half from a year ago. Paper shipments remained stronger due to ongoing Chinese demand and growing alternative markets.

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Q&A: Rolling with the markets

by Dan Leif

Texas-based MRF operator Balcones Resources has been in business for 25 years. The company’s leader describes how the firm has survived and thrived in the sortation field – and how it’s responding to the factors now shaking the financial foundations of recycling.

Short circuiting the circular economy

by Rafael Reveles

Markets, freight and labor costs are all major concerns for materials handlers. But a more insidious threat looms in plain sight: lithium-ion batteries that are increasingly smaller in size and hard to remove economically.

Community Spotlight: Diversion efforts bloom on Hawaiian island

by Colin Staub

Kauai is known as the Garden Island, so named for its impressive array of green space. But the Hawaiian island’s “green” association is also visible in its robust recycling efforts.

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MRF unleashes technology on the single-stream mix

by Jared Paben

A Waste Management MRF in Germantown, Wis. sorts about 850 tons a day using people and technology, including a robot.

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Data Corner: The ins and outs of in-vessel composting

by RRS

For institutions looking to compost their food scraps on site, important considerations include equipment types, capital and operating costs, footprint requirements, processing times and more.

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