Recycling

Scrap Tire Resources

This post updates Scrap Tire Markets in the United States, from December 2006.

The Rubber Manufacturer’s Association’s web site has a wealth of information on scrap tires, including:

RMA also publishes a summary of the U.S. Scrap Tire Market, the most recent of which is for 2013.

How citizens and experts launched statewide food scrap recycling

The latest P2 Impact article, written by John Mulrow of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Jennifer Jarland, Kane County (IL)’s recycling coordinator, explain how government, not-for-profit and waste industry professionals came together to form the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and what the group has accomplished over the past two years.

Past P2 Impact columns are available here.

EPA completes revision of Bush-era recycling rules

The EPA has released its final revision of the George W. Bush administration’s definition of hazardous waste, which the agency said will improve recycling of hazardous materials. The revision to the definition of solid waste would require off-site recycling at only permitted facilities and revise the definition of “legitimate recycling” regarding certain products, including metal commodities. Read the rule here.

Webinar: Recycling 2.0 — Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

December 9, 2014, noon CST
Register here

Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents.

The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped.

How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers, recyclers, municipalities and consumers, working together to find solutions.

In this hour-long webcast, you’ll hear how waste streams are changing;  the latest data about what consumers think about recycling and what messages resonate with them; how one of the nation’s largest recycling companies is working with cities to increase recovery rates; and the secrets behind one of the most successful municipal recycling programs in the United States.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Current recycling trends and the true bottom-line impacts of non-recyclable materials such as “flexible packaging”
  • How recycling programs influence how consumers think and recycle
  • The differences between what consumers say about recycling and how they actually recycle (what they are actually doing)
  • Specific examples from Hennepin County, MN demonstrating how their innovative recycling education initiatives work

 

WM exec delves into contamination concerns

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

Don’t fear the evolving waste stream.  But be judicious about what new packaging you allow in your recycling program.  That was the message from a Waste Management leader speaking on an EPA webinar last week.

Susan Robinson, federal public affairs director for publicly traded WM, offered a number of insights about how the country’s largest waste and recycling firm is trying to adapt to the “evolving ton” coming into materials recovery facilities as paper use declines and the plastics packaging space moves forward at light speed.

However, the takeaway from her 30-minute talk, which was part of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management webinar series, was that the recycling industry should focus more on clean material and less on constantly increasing tonnages.

Can materials innovation save the world? – video

Watch the video from The Guardian.

From creating leather handbags from old airplane seats, to making plastic out of sludge, materials innovation is taking place which could help solve huge resource scarcity problems. But are we moving fast enough? Can businesses, governments and consumers be persuaded to declare war on the word ‘waste’ and work instead to create new a permanent life for materials?

Jo Confino speaks to Sophie Thomas, co-director of design at of RSA, Scott Hamlin CEO of Looptworks, Richard Kirkman technical director of Veolia and Kresse Wesling co-founder of Elvis & Kresse about how to push forward sustainable innovation.