As the Resource Recycling Conference kicked off in Indianapolis last week, the host city’s recent decision to turn to mixed waste processing was the subject of a fiery and insightful debate.
Arguing that “increased recycling leads to the creation of new jobs,” a new study on Indiana’s recycling industry suggests that close to 10,000 new jobs would be created if the state managed to divert 25 percent of the waste it currently sends to landfills and incinerators.
The success of a Staten Island pilot program that allows residents to schedule e-scrap pick-ups for free has New York City officials already considering expanding the service. Free curbside pick-up is rare in the electronics recycling world.
A suburban Ohio county is being pushed to depart from its long-established mixed-waste processing recycling system, after a report indicated the method was producing a recycling rate below 4 percent.
While publicly traded waste and recycling companies had generally positive years in 2014, annual financial reports show falling commodity prices are expected to cause trouble in 2015.