Resource Recycling

April 19, 2013


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1 | MRFs weigh in on draft Vermont bottle bill report

A draft report comparing what "universal" single-stream recycling collection would look like in Vermont — with or without the Green Mountain State's 40-year-old bottle bill — has caused no small measure of controversy. And stakeholders on both sides of the bottle bill debate, wanting to either scuttle or expand it, are raising concerns about the report.


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2 | Coming soon: the next big idea in recycling

Single-stream collection of recyclable materials. Optical sortation of plastic beverage containers. Composite lumber made from scrap plastic film. What is the next concept or item that will help shape the future of the recycling industry? The 2013 Recycling Innovators Forum hopes to find that "next big thing."

Out of nearly 50 proposals submitted, nine finalists have been selected to compete in the inaugural Recycling Innovators Forum, to be held August 26 at the Louisville Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Recycling Innovators Forum was created to recognize and reward original and actionable innovations that have the potential to transform the recycling industry. The Forum has long-term goals of fostering invention, originality and measurable improvement in recycling customer experiences, processes, technology and markets. The nine finalists offer promising ideas covering a broad range of topics including plastics sortation and processing, new opportunities for recycled glass, multi-family recycling, social-local-mobile technology and more. Click on the banner below for a sneak peek at these novel ideas.

Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges at the Recycling Innovators Forum on August 26 at the Louisville Convention Center, the afternoon before the fourth annual Resource Recycling Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The judges, recognized leaders in recycling and market development, will choose three top finalists who will receive honorariums of $20,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place) and $2,000 (third place). Anyone can attend the Recycling Innovators Forum to learn more about the next big idea in recycling.

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3 | New RecycleMania champions crowned

This year's RecycleMania Tournament has concluded, with 523 participating colleges and universities collectively recovering 90.3 million pounds or recyclables and organic materials.


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4 | Survey finds with age comes more recycling

The results of a new survey have found a generational gap in recycling behaviors, among other findings.


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5 | Minneapolis single-stream expansion hits second phase

Minneapolis is continuing its expansion of its single-stream recycling collection program, which will eventually encompass every single-family household in the city.


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6 | EPA to allow plastics recycling from shredder scrap

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an interpretation of regulations that will allow more plastics recovered from metal and automobile recycling facilities to be recycled.


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7 | RR Conference 2013: Looking at dual- and single-stream

It's widely known that single-stream recycling collection has become increasingly popular in North America. The primary factors cited for the switch include potential cost savings and the potential for higher diversion, but how has this switch actually impacted municipalities? A thorough assessment, prepared for the Continuous Improvement Fund, turns a critical eye towards nearly 30 single- and dual-stream systems as it examines implications regarding collection, processing, end-market material quality and diversion potential.

Find out what works for recycling at the 2013 Resource Recycling Conference to be held August 26-28 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, including information on booking a hotel room, session topics, or exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or click on the banner below.

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8 | NewsBits

Plastic bottles for cupcakes, fuel from MRF residue and St. Petersburg's recycling program gets a failing grade — all in this week's NewsBits.


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9 | Requests for proposals

CRRA is seeking proposals from qualified entities to provide operation and maintenance and commodity marketing services at the CSWS Regional Recycling Facility. Click here for more information.

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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 for consideration.


11 | Jobs Available & Sought

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, IMS Electronics Recycling (National).
Details are available online.

Business Development Supervisor, IMS Electronics Recycling (Vancouver, Washington).
Details are available online.

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

Business Development Associate, Lifespan Technology Recycling, Inc. (Multiple Locations).
Details are available here.

General Manager, Emterra Environmental (Regina,Saskatchewan).
Details are available here.

BuRRT Site Manager, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency (Santa Fe, New Mexico).
Details are available here.

Director of Business Development, Integrated Communications and Technologies (Malden, Massachusetts).
Details are available here.

Account Executive, Integrated Communications and Technologies (Malden, Massachusetts).
Details are available here.

General Manager, Reworx Recycling (Kennesaw, Georgia).
Details are available online.

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

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

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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