Decades ago, Michael Patton was among the first activists to push for recycling in Tulsa, Okla. A self-described “green gospel person,” he preached recycling and environmentalism to various groups and civic leaders.
Public and private entities regularly sample waste streams to glean data on the plastics that could be captured for recycling. Now, guidelines have been developed to standardize the process so results can be compared.
The Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) recently looked into the efficiency of using collection-vehicle drivers to pick out contamination and other approaches that could lead to cleaner streams of recyclables.
Hurricane Florence has forced programs to suspend collection and led haulers to remind residential customers about proper storm debris management. At least one packaging giant has been significantly impacted by the hurricane. Continue Reading