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.
Canada’s largest city conducted a pilot project last year to find a consistent outlet for densified foam polystyrene. The effort reached a clear conclusion, but it wasn’t good news.