Jared Paben has been a staff writer and photographer at Resource Recycling since December 2014. Most of his earlier career was spent as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Bellingham, Wash., but he also has experience working for the Oregon volunteerism commission and for Oregon nonprofits serving low-income populations. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Research from a carton packaging group shows many residents in Canada fail to recycle cartons because of knowledge gaps. On the bright side, only 6 percent said they’re “just not that into recycling.”
The City of San Antonio began accepting plastic bags in curbside single-stream carts two years ago. In its first year, 550 tons were recovered through the program, but that number fell by more than two-thirds in the second year.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers will research ways in which materials recovery facilities might be able to recover more smaller sized plastic containers, which are often lost during sortation. That was one of several actions the group announced at a recent meeting.
The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against a large beverage distributor, claiming the company owes the state millions of dollars in unpaid deposit funds.
The manager of a shuttered mixed-waste processing facility in Montgomery, Ala. said depressed commodity prices and low waste volumes doomed the project. Additionally, bankruptcy filings outline millions owed to creditors.
The Recycling Partnership will provide half a million dollars to help the City of St. Paul, Minn. purchase carts for 78,000 households.
Nearly half of U.S. adults say people in their communities encourage recycling but aren’t overly concerned about it. Additionally, areas where recycling is strongly encouraged tend to have better recycling access and a more recycling-aware populace.