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Facility operators reflect on a turbulent few years

Published: September 21, 2021
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Screenshot from the 2021 Resource Recycling Conference session.

MRF operators shared their insights in a session at this year’s Resource Recycling Conference, held virtually in August.

Running a successful MRF means adapting to a changing stream, investing to upgrade equipment and navigating end market uncertainty. Three prominent MRF leaders recently shared how they’re approaching these challenges.

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Why UBC prices are up 70% year-over-year

Published: September 14, 2021
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baled aluminum

Several factors are contributing to price increases within the wider aluminum market. | Darrenp / Shutterstock

A year ago, some aluminum end markets were slowing purchases of the material. But demand has steadily increased throughout 2021, bringing welcome pricing for the municipal recycling sector.
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OCC prices reflect global demand for containerboard

Published: August 17, 2021
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Baled OCC for recycling.

The strong global containerboard demand suggests the U.S. recovered fiber market will continue to export OCC. | ja images / Shutterstock

Paper mills that use a lot of recovered fiber were forced to pay substantially more for OCC over the past few months, reflecting the global strength in corrugated packaging demand.

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Hauler reports doubling of recycling revenues

Published: August 10, 2021
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Collection containers for waste and recycling.

During the second quarter, Waste Connections’ recycling business brought in $41.5 million in revenue, up by 105% year over year. | Ralf Geithe / Shutterstock

Waste Connections recycling revenues more than doubled in the second quarter, driven by higher recovered material prices and volumes.

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Backers of Utah paper mill say project is moving forward

Published: July 13, 2021
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Cardboard collected for recycling.

The Crossroads plans call for a 350,000-tons-per-year containerboard mill that uses 100% old corrugated containers (OCC) and mixed paper. | Pakorn Jarujittipun / Shutterstock

Crossroads Paper recently drew capital from an investment firm as it continues to develop a $320 million containerboard mill that would serve as a big buyer of recycled fiber in the western U.S.

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