A Pennsylvania community bucks the single-stream trend, and fewer Oregon grocery stores redeem beverage containers because more stand-alone centers are opening.
Houston council members approve a contract continuing curbside recycling but jettisoning glass, and newspapers resist joining British Columbia’s printed paper and packaging stewardship group.
Ironically, ending curbside glass collection increases a Tennessee city’s glass recovery volumes, and a labor showdown in New York may be leading toward a MRF strike.
A recent survey revealed Massachusetts residents were committed to recycling but that they didn’t have a firm grasp on what should be put in the bin.
A new materials recovery facility in Florida is ready and willing to accept glass, but a local municipality refuses to send it over fears the MRF will change its mind.
Baltimore’s public works department failed to hit materials recovery targets for two straight years, a city audit recently found, but the department says the measurement metrics should be revised.
A processing contract in Iowa is expected to boost one county’s recycling tipping fee by 88 percent, and plans for a recycling facility in New Jersey have been shelved over toxic chemical concerns.
Despite a switch to single-stream collection a year ago, St. Paul, Minnesota has seen its recycling activity remain flat. The lack of growth seems to be a factor of lightweighting trends in packaging, a lack of markets for glass and continued reliance on bins.
Santa Fe, N.M. will make the switch to single-stream collection and processing with the help of a $125,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership. That sum will accompany other funding sources for the estimated $3.5 million cart rollout.