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About Jared Paben

Jared PabenJared 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

MRF of the Month: Republic Sonoma County MRF, Petaluma, Calif.

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Bill Rich of Republic Services; David Rabbit, county of Sonoma supervisor; and Mike Caprio of Republic Services celebrate the opening of the facility.

Once known as the “Egg Capital of the World,” the town of Petaluma, Calif. is where the egg incubator was invented. It also once had the world’s only drugstore meant exclusively for poultry. Continue Reading

Keys to rolling out an effective mandatory recycling ordinance

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Any time a government forces residents to change their behaviors, there’s the possibility of a strong pushback. But a recent webinar explored ways municipal officials can draft and implement mandatory recycling ordinances without drawing substantial resistance.

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