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NY mayor cuts curbside e-scrap pick-up service

Published: December 4, 2023
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Mayor Eric Adams attributes the cessation of services to growing costs from the migrant crisis, among other factors. | Monster Ztudio/Shutterstock

New York City residents on Staten Island lost the option to have their scrap electronics picked up curbside after the mayor made large-scale budget cuts.  Continue Reading

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Software brings efficient data to organics collection

Published: October 30, 2023
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Now that California has mandated organics collection by local governments, Zabble hopes to see growing demand for its contamination monitoring tools. | Courtesy of Zabble

When Zabble interviewed dozens of municipal recycling stakeholders in California, one of the issues the company heard about was the inability to use contamination monitoring mobile device software in the field when there’s no network signal. Continue Reading

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Panelists: Careful use of PROs can ensure efficient collection

Published: October 4, 2023
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Topics at a recent discussion of EPR programs included collection, efficiency and harmony across jurisdictions. | mi_viri/Shutterstock

Producer responsibility organizations can help drive efficiency and harmonization in extended producer responsibility programs, stakeholders suggested at a recent conference.  Continue Reading

AI migrates from sortation to collection

Published: October 16, 2023
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Mixed recyclables arranged around a recycle symbol.

Companies such as Prairie Robotics and AMCS Group are leveraging AI to craft more robust analytics, all the way down to the individual household level. | 9dream Studio/Shutterstock

Artificial intelligence is now well established in MRFs as a tool for sorting material and dramatically reducing contamination. Now, multiple companies are taking AI to an earlier stage of the recycling process by mounting cameras on collection trucks.  Continue Reading

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Reynolds settles suit over recycling collection bags

Published: October 2, 2023
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An image of Reynolds’ Hefty Recycling bag box from a lawsuit challenging the recycling-related claims. Reynolds Consumer Products says it has since made wording changes to the packaging. | Screen copy from court filings

Reynolds Consumer Products has agreed to change advertising language and pay up to $4 million to settle one of multiple lawsuits alleging its marketing of recycling collection bags is illegal.  Continue Reading

Study: Urban circularity requires tailored solutions

Published: August 28, 2023
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Plastic waste pile

Researchers at The Circulate Initiative identified several common challenges that cities face when dealing with plastic waste. | Mohamed Abdulraheem/Shutterstock

Research recently undertaken by several groups dug into how individual cities in ocean plastic hot spots are approaching materials management. Continue Reading

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Balcones to build $66 million MRF in Texas

Published: August 21, 2023
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Inside a materials recovery facility. By Nordroden/Shutterstock

The city of McKinney, Texas evaluated several proposals for recycling services, eventually settling on Balcones, which scored 94.8 points out of 100 according to the city’s criteria. | Nordroden/Shutterstock

Balcones Resources was awarded the city of McKinney, Texas’ 15-year recycling contract, which includes plans to build a facility outside city limits.  Continue Reading

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To tackle event venue waste, flexibility is key

Published: July 24, 2023
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Texas-based recycling coordinator CheckSammy is pushing to do more business with events such as fairs and music festivals. | Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Often, recycling services focus on handling the day-to-day stream. CheckSammy entered the scene in 2018 looking to bring more flexibility to the space, and is now helping large event venues divert waste.  Continue Reading

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