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Republic: COVID-19 brings ‘uncontrollable challenges’

by Colin Staub

Republic Services foresees major changes in the residential and commercial recycling landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Republic Services recycling container.

Lockdowns and shipping strife snarl scrap exports

by Colin Staub

Overseas markets for recovered paper and plastic are experiencing disruption as countries enact widespread restrictions, close ports and see reduced demand alongside larger economic slowdown.

Cargo ship container port at dusk.

Recycling processors offer masks for virus effort

by Jared Paben

Even as recycling companies adapt to keep their employees and businesses healthy, some are donating supplies to ensure healthcare workers are protected, as well.

Several N95 masks for pandemic safety.

A new landing page for all our coronavirus reporting

Resource Recycling is keeping track of how the novel coronavirus is affecting the business of materials recovery and processing. At this link you’ll find all of our in-depth reporting and analysis on the topic.

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2020 Resource Recycling Conference


On the doorstep

by Kyla Fisher

E-commerce packaging has already disrupted the materials recovery system, but the seismic shopping shift is still in its early stages. Here’s how the recycling industry can start planning for more changes to be delivered soon.


Data Corner: WM revenue drop illustrates market strife

by Editorial Staff

Quarterly recycling revenue numbers from the nation’s largest MRF operator clearly show the impact of major recycling market shifts that have emerged over the past 2.5 years.

Downward red arrow.

Global threads

by Adam Minter

Donations of used clothing help keep textiles out of landfills across North America. But where does that material end up? A new book explores the system behind our worldwide wardrobe.

Maple Textiles is one of a number of companies in Mississauga, Ontario that grades used clothing destined for the export market.

Q&A: Brands’ new crush

by Dan Leif

As marine debris and other recycling concerns jostle the packaging market, beverage giants are starting to replace plastic with aluminum in some applications. A leader from the world’s largest can manufacturer discusses the trend.

Aluminum cans for recycling.

Efficiency through empowerment

by Rafael Reveles

MRFs and other recyclers can implement lean manufacturing strategies to hand more responsibility to individual employees and create holistic improvements across their operations.


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