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About Colin Staub

Colin-StaubColin Staub has been a reporter at Resource Recycling since January 2017. Before that he worked as a reporter at the weekly newspaper in Newberg, Oregon, and has been a freelance writer at other publications in Portland. He can be contacted at [email protected]

California programs gear up as organics mandate takes hold

Published: December 21, 2021
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Organics compost collection bin filled with scrap food.

Starting in 2022, California law will require that every municipality across the state provide organics collection service, among other mandates. | Thomas Holt/Shutterstock

In January, California municipalities must begin meeting requirements of what some stakeholders are calling the most significant waste reduction legislation in decades.

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Recycler adds dedicated polypropylene wash line

Published: December 21, 2021
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View of KW Plastics' new wash line for PP recycling

KW Plastics’ new PP wash line has a full capacity of 100 million pounds per year. | Credit: Scott Saunders

KW Plastics in recent weeks started up a polypropylene wash line that will increase its recycling capacity by 100 million pounds per year. Company General Manager Scott Saunders said the line will boost efficiency.

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Study: Decision to recycle is only the first step

Published: December 14, 2021
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Household recycling bins to separate materials.

A research study found consumers are most likely to recycle when it is made as easy as possible, meaning that recycling availability and clear instructions are important. | Alexsandra Suzi/Shutterstock

Research commissioned by the Carton Council identified logistical and psychological factors that play into recycling habits. The study suggests boosting residential materials recovery will require more than convincing consumers recycling is the right choice.

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Closed Loop venture capital fund raises $50 million

Published: December 14, 2021
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Autodesk sign on building with blue sky above.

The Closed Loop Ventures Group fund is supported by corporations including Microsoft and foundations such as the Autodesk Foundation. | Tada Images/Shutterstock

Investment firm Closed Loop Partners this week announced millions of dollars are ready to be invested in startup companies working in various sectors related to materials management.

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Greenpeace and Walmart continue renewed legal battle

Published: December 7, 2021
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Walmart store exterior.

The Greenpeace lawsuit focuses on Walmart’s use of the How2Recycle label on certain of the company’s private label plastic packaging. | QualityHD/Shutterstock

A lawsuit alleging Walmart deceives customers about recyclability of its packaging has been reopened. Attorneys for Greenpeace expect their complaint, which was previously dismissed by a federal judge, will be allowed to move forward in its amended form.

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Michigan MRF starts back up this month

Published: December 7, 2021
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A view inside the Ann Arbor MRF with employees at work on the sort line.

Now operational, the Recycle Ann Arbor MRF accepts typical single-stream recyclables, including mixed paper, OCC, cartons, metal cans, glass, PET, HDPE and PP. | Courtesy of Recycle Ann Arbor

Recycle Ann Arbor reopened the city of Ann Arbor’s MRF this month, marking the first time in years that recyclables will be sorted locally in the Michigan municipality.

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Paper end users reflect on 2021 OCC price runup

Published: November 30, 2021
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Stacks of baled paper for recycling.

Recovered fiber users recently reported on the financial impact of material prices over the past quarter. | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

One major paper company reported a 179% increase in OCC prices year over year during the third quarter. Although the OCC market has cooled slightly since then, paper companies are projecting similarly elevated prices for the year to come.

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Paper exports stable despite Chinese market exit

Published: November 30, 2021
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Cargo ship docked at a shipping terminal.

U.S. fiber exports totaled 4.38 million short tons during the third quarter, up from 4.30 million in 2020. | Avigator Fortuner/Shutterstock

The third quarter of the year brought a resilient recovered fiber export market, even as the largest overseas buyer virtually disappeared. Meanwhile, scrap plastic exports continued a precipitous decline.

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