by Jared Paben
In the course of one year, Los Angeles-area exporters cut their scrap polyethylene shipments to China by 99 percent, leaving thousands of tons of plastic looking for a home. Other countries were only able to absorb about one-fifth of the volume.
Sunday marks 48 years since the first Earth Day, an annual event full of recycling-related events and announcements. This year, plastics are at the center of the conversation.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll find inside:
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.
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.
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.