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Midwest recycling operator expands with commercial plant

Published: September 15, 2020
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Quincy Recycle's Green Bay facility

Quincy Recycle plans to start up the 64,000-square-foot facility early next year.

Quincy Recycle has opened its eighth recycling facility to handle material from back-of-house commercial and industrial settings, underscoring opportunity in these areas despite a pandemic-driven decline in commercial material generation.

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Startup leverages cryptocurrency to push plastics recovery

Published: August 11, 2020
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Users of the ZeLoop app will receive cryptocurrency for bringing materials to recycling collection sites. | Courtesy of ZeLoop.

A mobile app in beta testing seeks to reward users for properly recycling materials at drop-off locations. The company says an exchange of currency is vital to the process.

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How pandemic has affected WM and Waste Connections

Published: July 14, 2020
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Waste Connections recycling collection truck unloads material at the Balcones MRF in Austin, Texas.

A leader with Waste Connections said that his company has seen increased collection volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Resource Recycling file photo.

Two large publicly held waste and recycling companies are taking in higher residential volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they say contamination has been flat. Recently, they’ve also started seeing critical upticks on the commercial side.

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COVID-19 cases disrupt more recycling programs

Published: June 30, 2020
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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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E-scrap and textiles collection service launches in Philadelphia

Published: June 2, 2020
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A Retrievr employee collects a laptop and textiles from a home in Pennsylvania. | Courtesy of Retrievr

Retrievr will begin collecting scrap electronics and used textiles from the porches of Philadelphia homes, after city officials selected the company to participate in a pilot project.
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Recycling markets continued to challenge WM and others in Q1

Published: May 12, 2020
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Republic Services is among the haulers that experienced year-over-year decreases in first-quarter recycling revenues. | Rosamar/Shutterstock

Two years after China’s imports ban upended material flows, recycling revenues are still falling for the largest waste and recycling companies in North America.

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State provides funding for 20 recycling projects

Published: May 12, 2020
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Officials estimate that 20 projects receiving grants will collectively divert nearly 44,000 tons of material from landfills each year. | ImagineStock/Shutterstock

North Carolina recently awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to help divert mixed recyclables, organics, paper, plastic and other materials from landfills.

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West Coast study: Recycling zeal doesn’t erase contamination

Published: May 5, 2020
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California cities of 50,000 residents or more are seeing inbound contamination rates between 8% and 46%, with an average of 20%. | Oksana Shturo/Shutterstock

According to a study from The Recycling Partnership, large and mid-sized cities in California see an average contamination rate of around 20%, a finding that underscores the complications of aligning enthusiastic residents with local-program realities.

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Software brings waste audit results into real time

Published: May 5, 2020
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Technology developer Zabble is working with the University of California, San Francisco to reduce waste and increase diversion. | David Tran Photo/Shutterstock

A data collection and analytics platform is helping a California university improve its landfill diversion. In recent weeks, the platform has also helped combat the spread of COVID-19.

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