Data collection at the front of new Recycling Partnership pilot in Atlanta

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  • The Recycling Partnership has launched its latest contamination reduction pilot in Atlanta with a new “Feet on the Street” campaign along four recycling routes. The eight-week program is sponsored by a grant from the national nonprofit worth an estimated $240,000.
  • Training began this week for city employees who will be inspecting residential recycling carts, noting the amount and type of contamination, and tagging any problem carts with “oops” tags, including information on what to fix. Plastic bags are the city’s top priority, along with food, liquids, electronics and other items that are unwelcome at the local material recovery facility operated by Pratt Industries. All of this data will be recorded using Rubicon Global’s app as part of a separate and ongoing technology pilot with the city.
  • Cascadia Consulting Group will also be providing a new level of data analysis with detailed before-and-after waste characterization studies to track the pilot’s effectiveness. Based on these results, Atlanta then plans to roll out a citywide campaign about contamination and participation in 2018.

NERC and NEWMOA Enter Agreement to Jointly Address Solid Waste Challenges

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The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) have entered into a five-year agreement to jointly address the solid waste challenges in the northeast, including food scraps reduction, recovery and management; recyclables collection and impacts on manufacturing and end-users; product stewardship; climate and impacts on the recycling and solid waste infrastructure; and construction and demolition materials.

 

Recycling E-Waste with Workers Looking for a Second Chance

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Indiana-based RecycleForce is taking e-waste from businesses, governments and some residents and processing them using the labor of former prisoners reentering the workforce. About 350 to 380 come through annually for four- to six-month employment stints.

Webinar: The Secret to Managing a Successful Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

June 21, 2017 — noon CDT
Register at https://www.re-trac.com/the-secret-to-managing-a-successful-mandatory-recycling-ordinance-webinar/

Does your community use mandatory recycling to support its waste diversion goals? This presentation will teach you how to work with your community to increase recycling, improve compliance rates, and monitor progress. Register to attend this webinar to discover how local governments use technology to manage and measure their mandatory recycling programs.

After attending this webinar, you will:

  • be ready to apply the 3E Strategy to optimize your MRO
  • be equipped with best practices to improve compliance rates
  • be motivated to implement proven systems to help you manage your MRO
  • be armed with valuable lessons from experienced communities

This presentation is the second webinar in a two-part series about Mandatory Recycling Ordinances. The first webinar in the series had over 250 attendees and received rave reviews. You can read Resource Recycling’s article about it or sign up to receive a link to the recording and the MRO Starter Kit.

Industry looks to defend federal recycling program

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Recycling organizations will try to sell Congress on the economic and environmental benefits of the U.S. EPA’s Waste Minimization and Recycling program, which is cut in President Trump’s proposed budget.

Now: Play Jenga With Ocean Plastic

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The Plastic Bank, on the other hand, is tackling the human angle. It provides a living wage to individuals in developing countries who are willing to clean up the plastic on their beaches. The refuse is then funneled to companies that recycle it into products sold across the globe.

One of the companies that has been working to develop a supply chain is Pokonobe Associates, the maker of the Jenga game. The company has discovered that commercial plastic fishing nets provide ideal material for making Jenga’s light-weight stackable blocks. But there’s another motivator to its interest: It hopes that by creating a means to recycle fishing nets into toys, it can educate consumers about the importance of stopping ocean pollution.