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Contamination in one region’s commercial stream is 14%

by Colin Staub

Researchers have quantified contamination in the business recycling stream in the Portland, Ore. metropolitan area, providing data that can be used to make operational or outreach decisions.

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City finds alternative outlet for EnergyBag plastics

by Colin Staub

Boise, Idaho will send hard-to-recycle plastics to be used as fuel for a cement manufacturing operation in Utah, after being without a solid downstream market for more than a year.

Industry council forms with eye on ‘meaningful change’

by Dan Leif

The Recycling Partnership is bringing together three dozen individuals from across the recycling value chain for some frank discussion about how to get more types of material consistently collected and moved to end markets.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Q&A: Half a century of viability

by Dan Leif

A Boston-area recycling nonprofit organization was established on the first Earth Day. A leader at the group offers perspective on decades of market fluctuations and more.

Earthworm uses box trucks for collection, picking up four separate streams of material from small-business clients.

Data Corner: The influence of hauling giants in the MRF market

by RRS

RRS analyzed MRF ownership in North America and found that over 50% of facilities are operated by one of four large waste companies: Waste Management, Republic Services, Waste Connections or GFL Environmental.

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An EPR evolution

by Pierre Benabidès and Sara-Emmanuelle Dubois

In Quebec, producers have helped fund recycling of printed paper and packaging since 1989, but overseas market shifts have recently spurred changes in the province’s policy. Stakeholders pondering producer responsibility elsewhere would be wise to understand the details.

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Market realities

by Lynn Rubinstein

To help counter growing skepticism about the value of recycling, two groups in the Northeast have compiled a list of the wide variety of regional end users consuming curbside materials.

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A county popular with tourists expands diversion stream

by Colin Staub

Each year, as many as 3 million visitors come through Teton County, Wyo., drawn in large part by the area’s scenic destinations. With so many out-of-towners coming through, local recycling coordinators have to stay on their toes when it comes to outreach and education.

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