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About Dan Leif

Dan Leif is the managing editor at Resource Recycling, Inc., which publishes Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News. He has been with the company since 2013 and has edited different trade publications since 2006. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Standing too close? MRF asks workers to write that down

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Portland, Maine-based Ecomaine runs a 50,000-square-foot MRF, as well as a waste-to-energy site and landfill. | Photo courtesy of Ecomaine/Credit: Brian Fitzgerald

Many recycling facilities track throughput, materials composition, contamination and other data points. One operator in the Northeast is now bringing meticulous measurement to social distancing.

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Group looks to build ‘critical mass’ around PP recovery

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The new effort will explore how PP packaging types that are not currently recycled could be in the future. | JohnKwan/Shutterstock

The Recycling Partnership is gearing up to launch the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition to develop holistic solutions for diverting the growing array of packaging made with No. 5 plastic.

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First Person Perspective: Welcome to the year of recycling policy

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In November 2019, two complementary bills were introduced to Congress aiming to bring additional funding to materials recovery initiatives. | Nicole S Glass/Shutterstock

With the new year now underway, government leaders are refocusing on issues that may have been put on the back-burner toward the end of 2019.

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How packaging EPR could take shape in Oregon

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 A steering committee is reviewing five scenarios to potentially reshape the future of recycling in Oregon. | kipgodi/Shutterstock

Industry leaders in one West Coast state are pondering a variety of different frameworks to help recycling programs and processors find greater resilience in the wake of National Sword. Producers may ultimately be asked to play a big role in the solution.

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