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Tools aim to foster better MRF contracts

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Signing a contract.

A new guide helps public agencies and private MRF operators craft contract language both sides find fair. | fizkes/Shutterstock

A MRF and municipality may feel their contract is fair, until a dive in commodity prices or spike in contamination leaves someone unhappy. A new report from The Recycling Partnership strives to help the parties prepare for difficult circumstances.
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EU stakeholders vow to hit 90% glass collection

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A new effort plans to increase the glass collection rate in the EU from its current 76% to 90% by 2030. | SYDOROVA OLEKSANDRA/Shutterstock

Brands, recycling firms and others have pledged to significantly boost collection of glass in Europe over the coming decade, and product stewardship will be part of the strategy.
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Our top stories from June 2020

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News about federal plastics recycling legislation garnered lots of attention last month. | Corlia vWyk/Shutterstock

Our readers were drawn to a variety of articles last month, including those covering plastics legislation, paper plant shutdowns, market updates and more.

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Judge’s ruling means plastics initiative likely going to voters

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A proposed California ballot measure would direct CalRecycle to charge producers up to a 1-cent fee for each single-use plastic package sold into the state. | RaksyBH/Shutterstock

A California court has given proponents of a California plastic waste initiative more time to gather signatures, all but assuring it will make the ballot, according to supporters.

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Another major shipping line ends scrap service to China

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Hapag-Lloyd announced that it will not accept “solid waste” cargo that would arrive in China after Sept. 1. | Solarisys/Shutterstock

Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd announced it will stop taking recycled fiber and other scrap material loads to China this year, citing the country’s recent law that referenced an all-out “solid waste” import ban in the near future.

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COVID-19 cases disrupt more recycling programs

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Industry group SWANA is working with the federal government to supply free face coverings for the waste and recycling industry. | beton studio/Shutterstock

Coronavirus infections among workers have caused a MRF to shutter and delayed collection of recyclables elsewhere. The federal government and one state are working to provide masks and funding to help programs cope.

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GFL to buy assets from WM and Advanced Disposal

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In a recently announced deal GFL agreed to pay $835 million for operations now owned by WM and Advanced. | Philip Lange/Shutterstock

Waste Management will acquire Advanced Disposal Services for about $300 million less than originally anticipated. Meanwhile, GFL Environmental agreed to buy a number of U.S. solid waste operations as part of the acquisition deal.

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