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US tallies higher paper recycling rate in 2021

Published: May 24, 2022
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Paper bales for recycling.

AF&PA data notes that in 2021 about 80% of U.S. paper mills used some recycled paper and about one-third used only recycled paper. | noomcpk/Shutterstock

The U.S. paper and OCC recycling rates for 2021 were 68.0% and 91.4%, higher than the previous year, the American Forest & Paper Association announced in a press conference May 24.

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US plastic recycling numbers continue to fall

Published: April 26, 2022
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PET bottles collected for recycling.

Broken down by scrap type, a study found that bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics and other plastics all saw declines individually in 2020. | TeuNg StyLe/Shutterstock

The U.S. is processing more of its scrap plastic domestically, but the overall weight of plastic recycled in 2020 dropped just under 6% from 2019, according to an annual industry report.

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Report: Value of curbside materials drops 66% in two years

Published: February 12, 2020
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Curbside recycling carts in front of residential properties.

The Recycling Partnership’s “2020 State of Curbside” report delves into updated data on recycling in the U.S. | stephen rudolph/Shutterstock

To quickly grasp the struggles facing American curbside recycling programs, one can follow the money – or lack thereof. In July 2017, a ton of recyclables was worth over $90. In October 2019, it was worth $30. That’s according to new research from The Recycling Partnership.

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Standing too close? MRF asks workers to write that down

Published: April 21, 2020
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Portland, Maine-based Ecomaine runs a 50,000-square-foot MRF, as well as a waste-to-energy site and landfill. | Photo courtesy of Ecomaine/Credit: Brian Fitzgerald

Many recycling facilities track throughput, materials composition, contamination and other data points. One operator in the Northeast is now bringing meticulous measurement to social distancing.

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Third-quarter recycling numbers sting more haulers

Published: November 5, 2019
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Republic Services’ recycling business brought in $68.6 million in revenue during the third quarter, down 10% year over year. | Resource Recycling file photo

Some of the largest publicly traded garbage and recycling companies got pinched by recycling markets during the third quarter. Others got flat-out hammered.  

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The Recycling Partnership to launch PET Recycling Coalition

Published: March 15, 2022
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PET bottles for recycling.

The PET Recycling Coalition will launch in the next few months and will provide grants to MRFs and other facilities to increase the capture of PET beyond bottles. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

The Recycling Partnership will launch a PET recycling coalition, a representative of the nonprofit group announced at last week’s Plastics Recycling Conference.

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