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Industry heavyweights have their say on China

by Colin Staub

Leaders from Waste Management and two giant consumers of recovered fiber last week detailed the variety of ways their operations have been impacted by recent import shifts in Asia. They also laid out some ideas to help lift material quality.

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Republic Services reports rise in recycling revenues

by Jared Paben

Chinese authorities have issued the first five rounds of recyclable-material import permits for 2018. Compared with 2017, the country has allowed substantially less recycled plastic to enter the country and approved permits for far fewer companies across all material types.

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Loan helps MRF fund container-line retrofit

by Jared Paben

A $2 million below-market loan from the Closed Loop Fund is helping a Nebraska company retrofit its MRF. The project is the latest such equipment improvement for First Star Recycling.

Containers on a MRF sortation line

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  • Building community through compost
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  • The case for compostable packaging

Diversion generates dollars in the Lone Star State

by Sara Nichols and Scott Pasternak

Stakeholders in Texas recently collaborated on a major study on the economic impact of recycling in the state. Here, two experts discuss the study’s insights into market development opportunities, funding sources for businesses and communities, and infrastructure needs and opportunities.

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Real impacts from artificial intelligence

by Dan Leif

Over the last year, robotic sortation has made a big splash in recycling. However, experts note the current iteration of technology is just the beginning of an automation shift that could reshape the realities of MRF construction and operation.


Trash probe reveals diversion potential and constraints

by Ben Knudson

Minnesota’s Hennepin County recently dug into the household trash stream to look for additional landfill diversion possibilities. The study results showed organics are the low-hanging fruit, but even theoretically recovering all of them would mean falling short of the county’s aggressive diversion targets.


Emerald City evolves diveresion with analytical assistance

by Colin Staub

A data-driven approach to materials recovery has helped the city of Seattle steadily expand its recycling program to target a wider range of streams.

Seattle has steadily grown its program since the 1980s, in large part by regularly interacting with the public.

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