Resource Recycling

January 16, 2013

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1 | Maryland pushing for bottle bill

In Maryland, a lawmaker holding a key legislative position plans to introduce a bill that would establish a container deposit system in the state.


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2 | Is your recycling idea worth $20,000?

Think you have a great idea to make recycling better? The Recycling Innovators Forum wants to hear from you!

Backed by some of the biggest companies and organizations in waste management and recycling, the Recycling Innovators Forum is a competition to find the next great idea to advance recycling. The top nominees will be asked to present their idea to an audience of 150 recycling professionals at the Recycling Innovators Forum on Aug. 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. The winner will receive $20,000, a chance to pitch their idea to venture capitalists and an article covering their idea in Resource Recycling magazine.

Thanks to increased demand, Recycling Innovators Forum organizers have extended the deadline for proposals! Contestants can now submit their proposals through Jan. 18. Please contact for more information, including instructions on how to apply.

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3 | Scrap plastic to 3-D printer stock

The future is coming to desktops and can be fueled by empty soda and milk bottles, among other scrap plastics.


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4 | Paper companies don't want us to go paper-free

A handful of companies offering online business services want you to reduce your environmental impact by resolving to use less paper in 2013 and doing more of your work on the "cloud." However, a trade group representing the graphics supply chain is raising objections to this idea.


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5 | How big is the Chinese plastics industry?

More than 13,000 Chinese plastics converters, each with sales above $3.2 million annually, operated in China in 2011, says the China Plastic Product Industry Association.


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6 | Dirty MRF coming to Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama has plans to bring back curbside recycling. As part of the plan, it's also working on a new $32 million materials recovery facility to be built by Florida-based Imperium Energy.


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7 | King County takes back mattresses

It is now easier to manage end-of-life mattresses in Washington state's largest county, thanks to an expansion of a take-back program.


8 | The wide world of recycling

South Africa is a long ways off from meeting recycling mandates, and a new report in the U.K. sheds light on how drop-off centers can still be used effectively with curbside collection, which has become increasingly common.


9 | Book your hotel at the Plastics Recycling Conference

The Plastics Recycling Conference is proud to have chosen the newly renovated Sheraton New Orleans Hotel located in the heart of the Big Easy — New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference attendees will receive a conference room rate of $189 plus taxes for nights booked over the conference dates of March 18-21, based on availability.

Rooms must be booked by Feb. 25. For those who want to come earlier than March 18 or stay longer than March 21 to enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans, nights may be booked based on the hotel's prevailing rate and availability. The easiest way to book your hotel rooms is through the conference website.

If you are also attending GPEC, please book your hotel for GPEC dates of March 20-21 here. You will not need to move actual hotel rooms if staying for both conferences, but you may need to have two separate hotel reservations to get the group rate at both conferences.

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10 | NewsBits

Recycling theft, the Mafia in trash hauling and Rumpke rebuilding from the ashes — all in this week's NewsBits.


11 | Upcoming conferences & webinars

Click here for a complete directory of upcoming conferences and webinars! If you have a conference or webinar that you would like listed, please send an email to for consideration.

12 | Jobs Available & Sought

Senior Design Engineer, Large Manufacturer of Size Reduction Equipment and Separation Systems.
Details are available here.

Sales Executive, Electronic Scrap Company (Anywhere in U.S.).
Details are available here.

Plant Manager, Waste Material Recovery Facility, ECCO Waste Systems Group (Calgary, Alberta).
Details are available here.

Sales Personnel, American Reclamation, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).
Details are available here.

Manager, ComputerWorks, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Austin, Texas).
Details are available online (Job #2512).

Buyer, Winjet Trading Inc. (City of Industry, California).
Details are available here.

Director of Solid Waste Resource Stewardship/Solid Waste, Leon County Florida (Tallahassee, Florida).
Details are available online.

Solid Waste Director, Columbia County (Portage, Wisconsin).
Details are available online.

Senior Associate of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute (Boston, Massachusetts).
Details are available online.

Professional Sales Manager, HiTech Assets, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).
Details are available here.

Sales/Purchasing, Electronics Recycling Services (Santa Ana, California).
For more details, email

Business Development Representative, IMS Electronics Recycling (Columbus, Ohio).
Details are available online.

Business Development Representative, IMS Electronics Recycling (Decatur, Georgia).
Details are available online.

Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (Telecommute).
Details are available here.

Plant Manager, American Recycling of Western North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina).
Details are available here.

Operations Manager — Electronic Waste Recycling, Planet Green (Chatworth, California).
Details are available here.

Salesperson, Lakeside Metals (Oakland, California).
Details are available here.

Public Works Solid Waste Manager, City of Walla Walla (Walla Walla, Washington).
Details are available here.

Various Positions Highlighted by the Northern California Recycling Association (Northern California Area).
Details are available online.

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Database of job seekers available here.

If you would like to submit a job available or job sought listing, send an email to managing editor Dylan de Thomas at

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