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California recycling overhaul is now law

by Marissa Heffernan

California’s printed paper and packaging extended producer responsibility bill passed the state Senate unanimously today, just before the deadline to pull a plastic-tax measure from November’s state ballot.

Aluminum industry rolls out new model to bolster MRFs

by Marissa Heffernan

Two can manufacturers have developed a lease-to-own approach for recycling facilities looking to target UBCs in a more effective way.

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PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

by Marissa Heffernan

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

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A better market mechanism?

by Jordan P. Howell, Jordan Moore and Daniel Folkinshteyn

Three researchers argue that the current system of trading recycled materials has led to inconsistencies in material quality and excessive price fluctuation. They note a centralized exchange for futures trading would benefit processors, cities and end users.

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Data Corner: Propelling organics recovery in Michigan

by RRS

An analysis by Resource Recycling Systems shows just how much further advanced yard debris recovery is in Michigan compared with food scraps composting.

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Waste reduction of another kind

by Larry Christley

An industry veteran describes how the Six Sigma framework can help MRF operators, local program officials and others develop leaner processes to boost margins and bolster safety.

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First Person Perspective: Why waste-to-fuel for airlines won’t ever take off

by Neil Tangri

An expert at activist group GAIA says technical barriers and environmental concerns will keep plastic-to-jet-fuel technologies from taking off, despite the Biden administration’s goals.

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