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Traders fudge paperwork to skirt import limits

by Colin Staub

Southeast Asian countries are moving to constrain imports of recyclables, but some exporters are mislabeling scrap plastic shipments to get around the restrictions.

Drawing of a cargo ship and a contract being signed.

Midwest MRF operator sees fiber market struggles

by Jared Paben

A major Iowa newspaper has explored how hammered recyclables markets forced Mid America Recycling to send paper to landfills this summer.

Heavy machine at a landfill site.

Report quantifies nationwide composting infrastructure

by Jared Paben

A survey of full-scale food scraps processing facilities in the U.S. provides insights into processing infrastructure for food and compostable paper and plastic packaging.

Food waste gathered for composting.

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Study provides high-level look at MRF sector

by Jerry Powell

A first-of-its-kind assessment of more than 300 U.S. single-stream sorting facilities helps paint a picture of the sortation sector in areas such as facility size, capacity utilization and employee efficiency.

MRF of the Moment

The toll of the tariffs

by Dan Leif and Colin Staub

As the U.S. and trading partners impose duties on each other, the recycling sector will likely experience more expensive equipment and economic uncertainty. At a time of market turbulence, those shake-ups are not welcome news.

financial analysis

In My Opinion: The Golden State’s misguided organics goals

by Chuck White

To curb methane emissions, California is mandating a 75 percent reduction in organics disposal. A policy insider argues such ambitions may not be practical – or even get to the heart of the greenhouse gas issue.

food scraps

MRF blazes trail for sorting technologies

by Jared Paben

Firstar Fiber’s MRF was the first in Nebraska to install optical sorters and a robotic system. It was also the first to permanently join a program to separately collect difficult-to-recycle plastics.

MRF of the Month, Firstar Fiber

Pay-as-you-throw builds foundation in Boston suburb

by Colin Staub

The experience of one Northeast town shows how adding financial incentives based on materials diversion can invigorate a recycling program.

Natick, Mass.

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