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ISRI: China ‘not prepared’ to enact ban as deadline draws near

by Colin Staub

China is unprepared to effectively roll out and enforce its planned Jan. 1 ban on imports of certain recyclables, according to recycling leaders who recently traveled to the country in search of answers.

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California recycled paper mill shutters

by Colin Staub

Graphic Packaging closed its Santa Clara, Calif. recycled paperboard mill at the beginning of December, citing high costs and market volatility as contributing to the decision.

Graphic Packaging closed down its Santa Clara, Calif. facility in early December. Photo: Google Maps

In Our Opinion: Four reasons to support federal zero waste bill

by Lynn Hoffman, Kate Davenport and Alex Danovitch

Leaders at a Minneapolis nonprofit recycling group discuss why they support a zero waste bill in Congress – and why the rest of the recycling industry should get behind it as well.

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Small steps, big difference

by Athena Lee Bradley

Significantly increasing diversion of commercial food scraps nationwide is a monumental task. How do we start? In Vermont, legislation set the stage for action, and technical assistance in several solid waste districts is now helping generators of all sizes efficiently deal with material.

Post-game show

by Michelle Lee Guiney

In a pilot project implemented by the Boston Red Sox, groups of manual sorters dig into waste after crowds leave the ballpark. The framework is one that could help other teams and event organizers drive in sustainability gains.

Major MRF upgrades in the City by the Bay

by Jared Paben

A multi-million-dollar retrofit of Recology’s Pier 96 MRF in San Francisco has boosted recovery rates by allowing the facility to mine deeper into the recycling stream.

Exploring the trade-offs involved in aluminum recycling

by Carl A. Zimring

Aluminum has been critical to the development of the larger materials diversion industry, but the process of integrating the recovered metal into new products also carries environmental consequences. A recently published book lays out the details.

Unlike most industries, the aluminum scrap trade has many suppliers providing materials to a small number of large customers.

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