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Major U.S. fiber consumer says China’s ban could increase quality

by Colin Staub

The top recycling executive at Pratt Industries views China’s planned imports prohibition as a chance for the U.S. industry to clean up its stream.


QRS and Canusa Hershman will idle Maryland PRF

by Colin Staub

A joint-venture plastics recovery facility in Maryland will end operations in the coming days, citing challenges in the post-consumer plastics industry and pointing to a need to upgrade its equipment.

Opinions vary on marine debris in Calif. packaging policy

by Jared Paben

Should California consider whether packaging contributes to marine debris when formulating mandatory policies for its collection and recycling? Your answer likely depends on whether you represent the business community or environmental interests.

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The great OCC transition

by Chris Fleck

The corrugated material stream has been shaken up by skyrocketing e-commerce sales and the shuttering of retail stores. For fiber revenues to hold steady, it’s now up to local programs and MRFs to efficiently divert more boxes recovered in residential settings.

The appeal – and widespread adoption – of plastic bag bans

by Travis P. Wagner

In recent years, communities across the U.S. have implemented laws restricting the provision of thin plastic bags in checkout lines. An environmental science and policy professor explores the history and current state of bag bans.

Canadian MRF experiences a bevy of benefits from upgrades

by Jared Paben

Over the past decade, a materials recovery facility in Grafton, Ontario has undergone an incremental retrofit, bringing on new balers, a new screen system and optical sorters for fiber. And a project last year aimed to improve PET recovery.

Working together to ensure a program’s success

by Colin Staub

Through early implementation of recycling incentives and consistent outreach to involve the public in recycling initiatives, Vancouver, Wash. and its surrounding county have carved out a recycling rate of more than 50 percent over the past two decades.


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