Small collection facilities that run their recyclables through compactors before shipping them to larger processing centers can realize considerable cost savings, a Canadian organization has shown.
In President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, EPA funding is cut by one-third. This would result in the elimination of over 50 programs, including the Sustainable Materials Management program and the Waste Reduction Model.
The future of recovered materials exports to China remains hazy, but leaders from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) made a few things clear after a recent trip to Hong Kong and Beijing.
Pennsylvania’s recycling industry contributed $22.6 billion in value to the state’s gross product in 2015, according to an economic impact report. The industry also contributed $1.7 billion in state taxes and $2.7 billion in federal taxes that year.
A materials recovery facility spent $671,000 to buy and install glass cleanup equipment, which is generating $296,000 in annual savings. The project in Guelph, Ontario shows how investing in glass recovery technologies can pencil out favorably for MRFs.
Recycling organizations will try to sell Congress on the economic and environmental benefits of the U.S. EPA’s Waste Minimization and Recycling program, which is cut in President Trump’s proposed budget.
Funding for a North Carolina recycling support program has been restored in the state House of Representatives’ budget proposal, a sharp departure from the Senate’s desire to slash the office entirely.
If a municipal recycling program wants to increase its performance, local government engagement is needed. Several program leaders made that clear during a discussion hosted by the U.S. EPA last week.