Smart receptacle supplier Bigbelly launched a public-space Smart Compost Program targeted for municipal customers, providing solar-powered locking compost receptacles in public spaces that program participants can locate and unlock using a mobile app.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery reported that its beverage container recycling program notched a 71% redemption rate in 2023, with 18.8 billion containers of all material types redeemed out of 26.6 billion total sold.

The Can Manufacturers Institute announced that 1.3 million UBCs were collected during the first Million Cans Recycling Contest, a seven-month project that had eight elementary schools in areas without curbside recycling programs compete for the highest can recovery.

The NextGen Consortium and the Foodservice Packaging Institute announced that more than 40 U.S. paper mills now accept single-use polyethylene-coated paper cups in bales of mixed paper or polycoat cartons and aseptic packaging. 

Jules Bailey, former CEO of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, joined Maine’s CLYNK program as chief strategy officer. 

Recycle BC celebrated a decade of operations in May. 

The Recycling Partnership added McDonald’s to its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition and awarded its 100th Recycling Facility Grant to Elkhart, Indiana-based RecyclingWorks.

Returnity launched the “In Rotation” program, which allows consumers to turn in reusable bags in participating stores to be redistributed or recycled.