International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the … Continued
On June 28, 2018, Robin Wiener was the presenter for the NRC Market Development Quarterly Webinar series, She provided an update on the various initiatives implemented by the Chinese Government and their implication for our domestic recycling markets. You can find a recording of this webinar and other archived NRC/PRMC webinars on the NRC website: … Continued
Atlanta organizations help turn food waste into a resource “It’s second nature at my house,” says Khari Diop of Think Green, a nonprofit focused on environmental education. He’s talking about how his household of seven in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood accumulates kitchen scraps in the freezer and periodically takes them out to a compost pile, where … Continued
What sorts of things should the industry be looking at now, to prepare for the next five or six years? KANE: I would pay a lot of attention to cities that are trying to recover value from organics and get that out of the waste stream. That will radically change the incentives and the levers at … Continued
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
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
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.