Surprise OCC price drop seen as latest sign China is serious about new trade policy – October 2017

Biderman, like many of his industry association colleagues, has also called for MRF operators to take extra care with the quality of their bales while working to educate Chinese officials about realistic expectations on contamination specifications. Amid all of this discussion there have been some concerns about material potentially getting sent to landfills or waste-to-energy … Continued

Is Resilience the Silver Lining to the Chinese Waste Ban? RRS – October 2017

For too long, the U.S. has overlooked supporting and developing its own domestic end markets for recovered materials. It has relied on easy access to foreign markets with a seemingly endless appetite for materials and underdeveloped quality and oversight standards. The U.S. recycling marketplace had taken advantage of these conditions, pushing quantity over quality and … Continued

Pushing Back on the Green Fence – October 2017

The Green Fence launched by the Chinese government in 2013, was an initiative designed to ensure that bales of imported recyclables, including paper and plastics, contained those recyclables and no garbage or other materials. This summer, the Chinese government has addressed the issues more seriously with a new policy called National Sword.

Most Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency has encouraged people in the U.S. to recycle for decades. But, there are still some people who have failed to jump on board with this movement. Full article here.

From Garbage to Gardens: Composting Gains Steam

Americans composted nearly two million tons of food, and food-composting collection programs reached more than 2.8 million households in 2014, according to a November 2016 EPA report. However, the agency estimates that Americans produced more than 38 million tons of food waste in 2014. Full article here.

Faced with High Contamination Costs, More Cities are Inspecting Recycling Carts

With recycling contamination on the rise, more cities are making the choice to dig into bins and tell residents what they’re doing wrong. Facing an estimated $5-6 million in annual contamination costs, Toronto recently launched a six-month pilot program that involves temporary staff inspecting carts and tagging any that have too many unacceptable items. Full … Continued

Glass Recycling Coalition Announces New Tool

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) has released an online decision-making tool aimed at helping recycling program managers evaluate how to optimize glass recycling. Developed with the help of GRC members and guidance from the GRC’s Government Advisory Council, the tool is equipped with best practices, interactive data, contract considerations and more. Full article here.