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MRF operator: Lithium-ion batteries are ‘ticking time bombs’

Published: April 13, 2021
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A fire at Tulsa’s MRF is the latest example of the industry trend of fires caused by improperly disposed batteries and electronics. | BlurAZ/Shutterstock

The city of Tulsa, Okla. was forced to redirect its residential recycling stream to a waste-to-energy plant after an improperly discarded battery sparked a blaze at a local MRF.

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State awards grants to boost recycling

Published: April 13, 2021
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North Carolina DEQ grants will help stimulate $1.3 million in investments in recycling equipment. | Zerbor/Shutterstock

North Carolina will help pay for projects to improve the recycling of fiber, plastics, metals, construction and demolition debris, organics and more.

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Market development grants awarded in Washington state

Published: March 16, 2021
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Over $500,000 was awarded to nine local governments and one university to support local markets for recovered materials. | Jeffrey B. Banke/Shutterstock

A new recycling development center in the Pacific Northwest has issued over half a million dollars in grants to help boost domestic markets for recyclables.

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Glass is ‘collateral damage’ as one city responds to markets

Published: February 2, 2021
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In the 2020 fiscal year, Tucson collected some 5,300 tons of glass for processing, representing a cost of more than $567,000. | Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Beginning this month, glass is no longer collected at the curb in Tucson, Ariz. The move is part of a push to reduce overall recycling costs, but it jostles the strategy for a material that has seen steady downstream demand.

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Wastecon takeaways: COVID impacts and compostable concerns

Published: February 2, 2021
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Local program leaders discussed their challenges during an online industry gathering last week. | Michael Vi/Shutterstock

Last week, the Solid Waste Association of North America held its annual Wastecon event online. Not surprisingly, much of the talk during virtual sessions focused on the pandemic. But other topics got their due as well.

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