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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.

The World’s First Mall for Recycled Goods

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of … Continued

Organics Bin Collection Color Standardized

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the United States Composting Council (USCC) announced that they, along with five other participating nonprofits and government agencies, recommend designating green as the voluntary container color standard for organics collection containers.  This initiative was simultaneously announced at the USCC’s 25th Annual Conference in Los Angeles and at the Keep America … Continued

Six Waste & Recycling Trends to Watch in 2017

While many of waste and recycling’s core functions haven’t changed too drastically coming into 2017, the year has just begun — and following 2016, it’s safe to say that anything can happen. Luckily, there is time to prepare. Full article here.

Truth about Recycling in the US (Rodale Organic Life)

Up until 2010, the percentage of garbage diverted from landfills to be recycled or composted—plastic bottles, glass jars, grass clippings, paper, cardboard boxes, rubber tires—was improving steadily, but for the last six years the rate has stalled at around 34 percent, a drop-off in momentum that some say could pose a crisis for the future … Continued

Connie Burns Scholarship

Connie Burns Scholarship Fund The sudden and unexpected loss or our dear friend and colleague in the summer of 2012 ignited the need to honor and remember her great work in, and passion for, our industry. With that in mind, several began the process of creating an ongoing scholarship fund for college and university students … Continued

US EPA Head: Biggest Wish is 90% Recycling Rate and Why

On December 20, 2011, on The Dr. Oz Show (television) Dr. Oz and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson had the following exchange at the conclusion of an interview on water safety: Dr. Oz: “As a last comment, if your goal—which it is—is to make the world a cleaner, healthier place, looking around, what would you … Continued