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Arlene Karidis | Waste 360

Recent tumult in the global market for recovered paper, particularly for lower grades of fiber, seems to be winding down with prices creeping back up after a dip earlier this spring. more

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The most effective communication is succinct and simple, such as flyers with images grouped by material categories, with brief, user-friendly instructions. more

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As the quest to divert food waste continues, among the advances being developed in the industry are food waste software applications. more

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Could robotic sorters replace optical sorters as a must-have technology in tomorrow's MRFs? more

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Landfill caps play critical roles in waste management, coming with operational and, sometimes, revenue-generating benefits. They control leachate and odor, reduce emissions and facilitate gas capture. more

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Dealing with the still amassing tonnage of near-worthless cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and televisions is the biggest hurdle for e-cyclers, but an influx of disposed smartphones and tablets is presenting processors with a whole new set of issues. more

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Single stream recycling systems struggle with high contamination rates. As this system makes it easier to dispose of waste, more material ends up in bins than belongs in them, with contamination rates climbing as high as 30 to 40 percent. more

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Growing concern over environmental impact to waterways, and over substance abuse, has spurred initiatives to more safely and securely manage household pharmaceutical waste. more

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Debate remains on whether single stream or dual stream recycling is the best method for residential curbside collection. more

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The plastics and solid waste and recycling industries have joined forces to devise best practices. more

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Recycling of old corrugated cardboard (OCC) remains wildly popular. Recovery rates reached a record high of 92.9 percent in 2015, up from 54.5 percent in 1993, according to the organization Paper Recycles. more

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Landfill owners are joining the growing alternative fuel movement by using compressed natural gas to run their heavy-duty trucks. more

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Single stream recycling processes present unique challenges to glass recovery. But some recyclers have found a way to turn this negative into a positive. more

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Recycling a ton of glass saves over a ton of natural resources; every 10 percent of cullet used in manufacturing translates to about 3 percent less energy cost. more

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Plastics continue to flood the waste stream, yet not nearly enough is returned to manufacturers for them to crank out their products at capacity. Instead, volumes of the would-be valuable commodity are stockpiling at landfills. more

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The commodities slump is nearly four years running, with devalued materials from weak demand and low oil costs taking their toll on recyclables markets. And this is happening while contamination continues to plague recycling streams. more

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Technology company Aqua Metals launched a lead-acid battery recycling plant in McCarran, Nev. today that the Alameda, Calif.-based company says will revolutionize how lead from batteries is processed. more

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Glass recovery is a tricky process since recovery technologies can break glass. But some recyclers have found a solution: clean it, crush it even more, and sell their final output, cullet, to manufacturers who turn it into fiberglass insulation. more

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Through the now three-year-old program, Tempe collects yard waste, turns it into compost and gives it away to residents, 10 surrounding cities and industry and government organizations. more

When Houston-based Cherry Cos. started in the construction and demolition business decades ago, wasted concrete was a problem. It paid steep tipping fees to bury the massive tonnage they tore up daily. Things have changed. more

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