Study helps map path to waste reduction in national parks

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National parks welcome more than 300 million visitors each year, but less than half of those people actually separate their recyclables from their trash before leaving.

That is one of the findings in the Subaru National Park Survey, conducted in partnership with National Parks Conservation Association. The research ties into this year’s celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

Why we should rethink weight-based recycling goals

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Cities across the United States continue to take a quantity-over-quality approach to waste management that often leads to inefficient, expensive and confusing outcomes. It’s time to rethink recycling strategies.

Office Depot Launches Binder Recycling Program for Back-to-School Shoppers in Partnership with TerraCycle

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Office Depot, Inc. (ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of its Binder Recycling Program, encouraging shoppers to help preserve the environment by recycling old binders. Starting today, shoppers can bring any old empty binder to an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail location and receive a $2 instant discount off a same-day binder purchase.

Unpacking Two Recent Reports on Recycling in the U.S.

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Two recent industry reports—“Sorting It Out: What’s In Our Waste and Where Does It Go?”  presented by Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) CEO Bryan Staley at WasteExpo last month and “Demystifying MSW Recovery Rates” co-authored by William Moore and Peter Engel, a white paper published in June—provide new takes on the state of recycling in the United States.

Industry Experts Discuss E-Waste Recycling Trends and Obstacles

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The recycling industry is in an ongoing battle with the decrease in commodities prices and improper disposal, but the growing sector of e-waste recycling is especially difficult to manage. For example, if e-waste is improperly disposed of, toxic materials could seep into soil and ground water, as well as pose a risk for those who are handling the e-waste.

While commodities will continue to fluctuate, recyclers are faced with the decline in the value of materials, and in increase in the returns of low-value devices.

Waste360 recently spoke with Jason Linnell, executive director for the National Center for Electronics Recycling, and Eugene Niuh, business development director for Omnisource Electronics Recycling, about the latest e-waste recycling trends and challenges and the future of the e-waste recycling industry. The duo will lead a discussion on electronics recycling trends and markets at WasteExpo in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Precious Metals: A Resource Worth Recycling

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Mining of precious metals has increased dramatically in the past few decades to meet demand resulting, often, in severe environmental damage and human health consequences as well as depletion of valuable mineral resources. Metals differ from other resources in that they remain with us forever in some form. Recycling metals following their use provides an important means to reduce the environmental burden resulting from mining primary ore, ensures the availability of a valuable secondary source of the metal, and conserves an irreplaceable resource that otherwise would be discarded. Challenges and benefits associated with recycling precious metals are presented here. Emphasis is placed on the need for greater use of green chemistry recycling processes for effective recovery of these precious resources to prevent their extensive loss to the commons. Molecular Recognition Technology (MRT) is presented as an effective green chemistry process in commercial metal recycling together with selected examples of its use.