Resource Recycling

April 17, 2014

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1 | Michigan tries to revamp recycling culture


With one of the lowest state recycling rates in the country, Michigan is attempting to reinvent itself as a "recycling leader."

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2 | Resource Recycling Conference 2014: Heading to the Big Easy


Mark your calendars now for September, when the industry's premier high-level gathering will take place in one of America's premier cities. Resource Recycling Conference 2014 is heading to New Orleans, a historic hotbed of culture and cuisine at the mouth of the Mississippi River.


Resource Recycling Conference 2014 will give you the chance to network with top decision-makers from stakeholders representing every part of the materials recovery stream. And when the day's work is through you'll be steps away from the brass bands, gumbo joints and centuries-old neighborhoods that define the charm and character of the Crescent City.


Resource Recycling Conference 2014 is taking place Sept. 16-17 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. Head to rrconference.com for more information on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting. And be sure to plan your trip to include the numerous trade association meetings taking place alongside the conference itself. More information on those events will be coming soon.

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3 | Beyond the flying footwear: Clinton touts recycling at ISRI


At the closing general session of the 2014 ISRI Convention & Exposition, presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to over 1,000 attendees about recycling and how the industry fits into the larger U.S. and global economy, but not without some controversy.

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4 | Earth Day brings flood of materials recovery efforts


With the 45th annual Earth Day taking place next week, we take a look at the ways companies and organizations around the globe are marking the occasion through recycling initiatives.

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5 | Steel demand to be pushed more by developed economies


After many years where rapid growth in steel consumption in China and other emerging economies dominated the global marketplace, an important steel industry study shows that the U.S. and Europe will see greater growth in steel consumption in the next two years.

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6 | College recycling push diverts nearly 90 million pounds


Antioch University Seattle emerged as the Grand Champion of this year's RecycleMania, an on-campus recycling tournament held in February and March.

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7 | Wide world of recycling


A Scottish recycling firm will have to pay more than $330,000 as punishment for improperly handling material.

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8 | Only two weeks left to submit innovation ideas


The deadline to submit proposals to compete in the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum is fast approaching.


Those interested in having their ideas considered for the Forum have until April 30 to submit proposals. The Forum is seeking the top ideas in how to advance recycling, including driving consumer participation, developing new processing or collection methods, improving recyclable quality and other areas. The individuals behind the top 10 ideas will be asked to present to a panel of judges and an assembled audience of approximately 200 recycling professionals.


The second annual Recycling Innovators Forum is a competition to seek out the highest-return, most actionable new ideas to move recycling forward and is sponsored by Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, Resource Recycling (the parent company of this publication) and Waste Management. The competition will be held on Sept. 15, the day before the start of Resource Recycling Conference 2014 in New Orleans, and will award two $20,000 prizes to the top two of the 10 Forum finalists. For more information about competing in, or attending, this free event, visit recyclinginnovators.com.

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9 | NewsBits


Waste Management's CEO again uses a public appearance to bemoan the falling profit margins in recycling. Commiserate with him in NewsBits.

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10 | Industry and supplier news


The City of Houston has partnered with the Carton Council of North America to launch a new recycling awareness campaign aimed at encouraging residents to recycle their food and beverage cartons. This campaign follows Houston's recent expansion to an automated recycling program. More information is available here.


Recycling consulting firm RRS has launched a service called TruCycle, which allows product stakeholders to better understand the recyclability of specific packaging forms. The service analyzes packaging from three perspectives: probable end markets for the commodity material; the ability to sort and bale the commodity material within materials recovery facilities; and statistics on access to recycling for the material in communities around the nation. For more, visit recycle.com/trucycle.

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 info@resource-recycling.com for consideration.

12 | Jobs available & sought


Various Positions, Bulk Handling Systems (Eugene, Oregon).
Details are available here.


Various Positions, NRT (Nationwide).
Details are available here.


Environmental Scientist, State of Delaware (Dover, Delaware).
Details are available here.


Economic & Business Development Liaison, City of Austin (Austin, Texas).
Details are available here.


Sales Manager, EREMA North America, Inc. (Ipswich, Massachusetts).
Details are available here.


Various, Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions (National).
Details are available here.


Various Sales Positions, Waste Management (National).
Details are available here.


Various, Product Stewardship Institute (Boston, Massachusetts).
Details are available here.


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


Jobs Sought
Database of job seekers available here.


If you would like to submit a job available or job sought listing, send an email to associate editor Dan Leif at dleif@resource-recycling.com.

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