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Northeast MRFs earn glass certifications

Published: October 5, 2021
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Mazza Recycling Services team photo

Staff of Mazza Recycling Services proudly feature their bronze MRF glass certificate from the Glass Recycling Coalition. | Courtesy of the Glass Recycling Coalition

The MRF Glass Certification Program has recognized sorting facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for their glass recovery efforts.

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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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MRFs face ‘brunt of the negative impact’ from battery fires

Published: August 31, 2021
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Lithium ion batteries for recycling.

A new EPA research report runs through how a typical MRF might encounter and handle lithium-ion batteries, and how fires can be sparked. | silabob / Shutterstock

Lithium-ion battery fires are affecting all types of waste management and recycling facilities. But the U.S. EPA recently concluded that the municipal recycling sector has it worse than others.

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Robotics firm claims greater efficiency in a smaller package

Published: August 17, 2021
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EverestLabs robotic cell.

EverestLabs High Recovery Robot Cells performed 104 picks per minute compared to 70 on the company’s Delta system. | Courtesy of EverestLabs

EverestLabs released a new robotic sorting system that the company says can perform more picks and fit in a wider range of MRF settings compared with previous robotic equipment.

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Nebraska MRF adds plastic-lumber manufacturing line

Published: August 3, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor at a MRF.

With the planned upgrade, sorted and processed plastics will be converted into a plastic lumber inside Firstar’s facility. | jantsarik / Shutterstock

Firstar Fiber is receiving a loan from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste that will help the processor convert hard-to-recycle plastics into building materials, all within the confines of the MRF.

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Why nonprofit recycling operators decided to unite

Published: June 28, 2021
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View inside Eureka Recycling's facility.

Eureka Recycling, one of the founding members of AMBR, operates a MRF in Minneapolis. | Photo credit: Mark Kegans

Four organizations that run recycling operations recently created the Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers to advocate for recycling and zero waste policies during a period of “systemic changes.”

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Oregon legislation revamps recycling in multiple ways

Published: June 29, 2021
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Oregon capitol building.

Oregon legislators have sent an EPR bill to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown for a final signature. | Noah Strycker / Shutterstock

The Oregon House and Senate last week approved a bill establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging and adding other elements to the state’s recycling system, including new requirements for MRFs and an evaluation program for product labels. Continue Reading

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How Northeast facilities have adjusted to COVID-19

Published: May 18, 2021
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Industry leaders detailed how recycling operations have adapted a year into the pandemic.

During a recent virtual panel, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association reported that many recycling facilities are operating at 100% again, after pandemic disruptions. Additionally, a disease expert offered current guidance on preventing spread in facilities.

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