Resource Recycling

February 22, 2013

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1 | What are the hopes for a Maryland bottle bill?


Prospects for a bottle bill in Maryland are getting cloudier, as two key associations are expressing concerns about legislation that would create a beverage container deposit system in the state.

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2 | Plastics Recycling 2013: What can the landfill tell us?


As part of the Vermont Waste Characterization, co-funded by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, researchers are digging deep into the nitty-gritty details of plastics recycling in Vermont. How much plastic is left in the residential and commercial waste stream in Vermont? Where might efforts be focused to increase plastic recycling? Should plastics recycling focus on traditional bottles, rigids or something else entirely? How prevalent is PLA in the waste stream? Are there any implications for extended producer responsibility? Get answers to these compelling questions and more in this timely presentation.

Don't be left behind — get your facts straight from the source at the 2013 Plastics Recycling Conference, which will be held March 19-20 in New Orleans. For more information, visit www.plasticsrecycling.com.

And, after the conference, stick around for the Global Plastics Environmental Conference's (GPEC) "The Latest Need to Know: From Recycling to Sustainability of Plastics." GPEC's conference will be held right after the Plastics Recycling Conference, March 20-22 at the same great location, the Sheraton New Orleans, right next to the Crescent City's famed French Quarter. Don't miss out on these two terrific events.

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3 | Waste Management reports mixed results for 2012


The nation's largest garbage and recycling firm saw revenues rise last year, while net income fell, due in part to weaker recycling commodity markets.

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4 | Tell us about your single-stream MRF


Resource Recycling has developed a database on nearly 250 single-stream materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in the U.S. and Canada. We use this database to provide better and more current information to our readers. We know there are more facilities in operation than just those on our list. And we want all of our data to be accurate. If you operate a single-stream MRF or supply materials to one, can you let us know about the facility? Where's it located and who runs it? What is the MRF's processing capacity? How many people work at the plant? Who supplied the processing equipment? What was the cost of the facility? How big is the building? Please provide details to jpowell@resource-recycling.com. And thanks!

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5 | Improving conditions for recycling jobs


Jobs in the lower rungs of the recycling industry can be low-paying, monotonous and potentially hazardous. In the Bay Area, a group of activists are seeking to change that.

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6 | Exports of recyclable materials down in 2012


At 4.43 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported in 2012 was down 5.4 percent over the 4.69 billion pounds exported in 2011. At 21.05 cents per pound, the weighted average price for exported plastics in 2012 was down, as well, by 5.7 percent from the full-year 2011 standing of 22.32.

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7 | The wide world of recycling


Across the pond, a government agency is taking steps to improve the quality of recycled material, and a North African nation is getting a big investment to help it increase recycling.

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8 | Plastics Recycling Conference overflow hotel available!


Due to unprecedented demand, we have opened a second room block for Plastics Recycling Conference attendees at the Marriott New Orleans, directly across Canal Street from the Sheraton New Orleans. You may book a room at the Marriott New Orleans at this link. Reservations must be made by March 8 to receive the discounted rate of $229 plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy.

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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9 | NewsBits


Cash for Cans kicks the can, the Windy City grows recycling and refillable wine bottles — all in this week's NewsBits.

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10 | 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 info@resource-recycling.com for consideration.

11 | Jobs Available & Sought


Executive Director, AMERIPEN (Washington D.C. Metro Area).
Details are available online.


Recycling Program Manager — City and County of Denver (Denver, Colorado).
Details are available online.


Production Manager — Electronics Recycling, Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) (Victor, New York).
Details are available here.


Environmental Services Supervisor (Recycling), City of Santa Fe (Santa Fe, New Mexico).
Details are available online.


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.


Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Telecommute).
Details are available here.


Project Manager/Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Telecommute).
Details are available here.


Associate Director, Solid Waste Management Department with the City of Albuquerque (Albuquerque, New Mexico).
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.


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


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


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


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


Operations Manager — Electronic Waste Recycling, Planet Green (Chatworth, California).
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 dylan@resource-recycling.com.

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