A mix of coverage of recycling markets, EPR policy and a notable industry retirement attracted our readers’ attention last month.
Fiber prices are slowly recovering from the rock-bottom values of late last year and early this year, but scrap plastic prices have fallen dramatically in recent months, taking a toll on the largest haulers’ recycling businesses.
Some of the largest consumers of fiber bales enjoyed low OCC prices during the second quarter, giving them a little margin relief amid an otherwise tough business environment. As the year progresses, they’re expecting to pay more for recovered fiber, however.
Reid Lifset, a long-time EPR researcher at Yale, talked with Resource Recycling about his latest research on the application of fees and bonuses to drive design choices.
Leaders from across the sector reflect on the career of Michael Timpane, who for 40 years has brought big ideas – and plenty of wit – to the world of municipal recycling.
The federal government has announced plans to further prioritize American-made sustainable products and services in its purchasing, including recycled content.