Resource Recycling

May 11, 2012

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1 | Californians recycled over 16 billion beverage containers in 2011

California's beverage container recycling rate stayed essentially flat last year, but still reached gaudy heights according to a recently-released report by the state's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).


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2 | RR Conference 2012 Plastic recycling questions answered

Can bottles really be made back into bottles? Does recycling plastic save energy? Should we leave the caps on? These are just a few of the myths that will be explored by Keefe Harrison, of Resource Recycling Systems, in a presentation on all things plastic recycling. The demand for plastics in the marketplace is every increasing and Harrison will expose how everything you hear about plastics recycling is not necessarily true.

The 2012 Resource Recycling Conference is excited to head to the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas, August 28-29. For more information, including information on the Hilton Austin, session topics and the agenda, or exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or click on the banner below.

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3 | Study examines non-recycled plastics conversion tech

A study finds considerable energy and greenhouse gas savings using various conversion technologies for non-recyclable plastics instead of landfilling them — and finds those same technologies are close to being commercially viable.


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4 | Michigan landfill ban repeal battle continues

The composting industry is increasingly concerned by efforts in state legislatures to repeal or amend state laws that ban the landfilling of yard clippings and other organic materials. Such bans have aided composting businesses and some suspect that the new scrutiny to these laws is an attempt by companies with interests in landfills to boost their bottom lines.


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5 | Industry alliance focuses on accelerating recycling

With a goal of boosting the recovery level for packaging and printed material by 20 percentage points in three years, an important group of packaging companies and organizations reports that a number of projects are being designed.


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6 | Bloomberg administration creates new recycling position

In a move meant to signal that the Big Apple is serious about raising foundering recycling rates, the city is announcing a new post of "deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability."


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7 | Textile recycling drive announces winners

The oneSHIRT challenge, a clothing recycling competition held among colleges and universities during Earth Week 2012, has concluded with more than 37,000 pounds of clothing and textiles collected for recycling.


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8 | Massachusetts looks to ban organics from landfill

Officials in Massachusetts are preparing a set of regulations that would create an ambitious system meant to recover organic scrap.


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9 | NewsBits

Millions in grants, big recycling contracts and more oxo-degradable bluster — 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 for consideration.

11 | Jobs Available & Sought

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

Executive Director, Empower Up (Vancouver, Washington).
Details are available online.

Operations Manager, Postconsumer Processing, Warehouse and Brokering Operation (Kansas).
Details are available here.

School Carton Recycling Campaign Coordinator, Resource Recycling Systems (Eastern U.S.).
Details are available here.

Safety Manager, Waste Management, Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona).
Details are available online (#121311).

Project Specialist, WM Sustainability Services, Waste Management, Inc. (Calgary, Alberta).
Details are available here.

Project Manager, WM Sustainability Services, Waste Management, Inc. (Edmonton Region).
Details are available here.

Municipal Marketing Representative III, Waste Management, Inc. (Baltimore/Washington D.C. Area).
Details are available online (#12838).

Municipal Marketing Representative III, Waste Management, Inc. (Baltimore/Washington D.C. Area).
Details are available online (#12838).

Facility General Manager, Waste Management, Inc. (Mira Loma, California).
Details are available online (#121050).

MRF Manager II, Waste Management, Inc. (Denver, Colorado).
Details are available online.

Plant Maintenance Manager, Waste Management, Inc. (Auburn, Washington).
Details are available online.

Manager, Operations Improvement II, Waste Management, Inc. (Kirkland, Washington).
Details are available online.

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

Division Superintendent, Solid Waste and Recycling, Town of Needham, Massachusetts (Needham, Massachusetts).
Details are available online.

Community Recycling Specialist / Outside Sales, USAgain (2000), LLC (Mount Vernon, New York).
Details are available online.

Project Consultant Positions, StewardEdge (Toronto and the U.S.).
Details are available online (click on Careers, Contact & Press).

Solid Waste and Recycling Program Professional, J.M. Waller Associates Inc. (Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri).
Details are available online.

Auditor-Financial Analyst for Recycling Industry, HF&H Consultants (Irvine, California).
Details are available online.

Business Manager, Recycle-Logic (Red Deer, Alberta).
Details are available online.

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

Paper Recycling Plant Manager, Corrugated Services (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).
Details are available here.

Director of Business Development, Mextek (Dallas-Fort Worth 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 managing editor Dylan de Thomas at

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