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Study: Cart tagging reduces contamination, for a cost

by Marissa Heffernan

Leaving “oops” tags on contaminated recycling carts and providing positive feedback to those with clean carts is one of the most effective ways to reduce contamination, though it can be pricey, according to a new report.

Clackamas Sustainability & Solid Waste Program cart tagging program

Experts discuss trade-offs of recycled-content mandates

by Jared Paben

Recycled-content laws are a tool for driving post-consumer resin demand. But what if producers are given too many outs, feedstock is in short supply, or the mandates actually result in greater environmental harm?

Recycling operators cheer list of problematic plastics

by Jared Paben

The U.S. Plastics Pact says PS and PVC packaging and other materials should be phased out in coming years. A curbside recycling operator called the potential elimination of PVC and PS packaging “two really big steps in the right direction,” though several groups criticized the Pact’s work.

PS foam containers on blue background.

FROM THE PRINT EDITION

From information to action

by Sara Nichols

The formation of a statewide litter database in Texas underscores the power of pooling numbers across a region to spark better decision-making on materials management.

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One concept, many details

by Karen Hagerman

A policy expert at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition explains the differences between recently enacted extended producer responsibility laws in Maine and Oregon.

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Data Corner: How common are outreach apps?

by RRS

RRS recently conducted research on local programs across the U.S. and Canada, gauging their use of mobile applications for recycling education.

The other side of ‘the Sword’

by Joshua Goldstein

China’s import policy shift, announced in 2017, shook up markets for recycling stakeholders globally, but the impacts and rationale inside China have not been widely covered. An expert from academia offers compelling details.

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