Resource Recycling

Dec. 4, 2013

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1 | Scrap exports still down for 2013

The export of recovered plastics rebounded in August over July levels but, year-over-year, the export of plastics resins — as well as recovered fiber, ferrous scrap and aluminum — were down for the first eight months of 2013.


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2 | British Columbia's EPR push hits newspaper snag

As British Columbia gets set to launch its ambitious residential recycling overhaul that will rely heavily on extended producer responsibility (EPR), a fight has broken out over how newspaper collection will be funded within the program.


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3 | North Carolina's recycling workforce triples over 20 years

A recent survey of private recycling businesses in North Carolina indicates that the industry has continued to develop, now employing more than 17,000 people in the Tarheel State at a collective payroll approaching $500 million.


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4 | Is this the end of China's growth in recovered paper?

Some recycling industry observers are suggesting China's huge role in the North American paper recycling industry may be easing. READ MORE>>

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5 | Milwaukee recyclers want to turn guns into garden tools

Hoping to curb violence in the city of Milwaukee, two recycling companies have offered to create a gun buy-back program that would transform the weapons into gardening tools.


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6 | New Mexico first state to grab training certification

The National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) has found its first state partner for the resource management training field in the Land of Enchantment.


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7 | Boosted diversion would spur thousands of Indiana jobs, study finds

Arguing that "increased recycling leads to the creation of new jobs," a new study on Indiana's recycling industry suggests that close to 10,000 new jobs would be created if the state managed to divert 25 percent of the waste it currently sends to landfills and incinerators.


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8 | A foam recycling offer NYC can't refuse?

After months of lobbying against a potential ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam in New York City, EPS manufacturer Dart has offered the city a deal: Include foam in the city's curbside pick-up program and the company will buy it — and recycle it — on its own.


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9 | RR's recycled products holiday buyers' guide

Every month, Resource Recycling features a column on the most interesting recycled products on the market and, just in time for your holiday buying, we put together a list of consumer products that contain recycled content. Click here or on the banner below to see the column.

And, if you know of a product out there — consumer or industrial — that contains recycled content, please send it along to and we might feature it in a future column.

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10 | NewsBits

Cincinnati rolls out single-stream across its public school system and Schnitzer Steel Industries' stock gets downgraded. Get up to speed on those headlines and others in NewsBits.


11 | Requests for proposals

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is requesting proposals to conduct an assessment of the environmental impacts of four methods of source-separated food waste management (aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion, sink-disposed sewer treatment, and landfill). In order to view or download the entire solicitation, vendors must be registered in ORPIN. For access to the ORPIN system, go to The number for this solicitation in ORPIN is DEQ-1181-13.

12 | 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.

13 | Jobs Available & Sought

Grants and Loans Business Lead, Washington Department of Ecology (Lacey, Washington).
Details are available here.

Solid Waste Director, Outagamie County (Appleton, Wisconsin).
Details are available here.

Washington Coordinator, Northwest Product Stewardship Council (Seattle, Washington).
Details are available here.

Solid Waste Director, Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, North Carolina).
Details are available here (search using "solid waste" as keyword).

Education & Outreach Coordinator, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency (Santa Fe, New Mexico).
Details are available here.

Marketing Manager, Resource Recycling Systems (Ann Arbor, Michigan or telecommute).
Details are available here.

Market Development Specialist, U.S. Composting Council (Location flexible).
Details are available here.

Midwest Region Recycling General Manager; Integrated paper, recycling and converting packaging company.
Details are available here.

VP of Sales and Marketing, CP Group (San Diego, California).
Details are available here.

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

Sales Personnel, American Reclamation, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).
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.

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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 associate editor Dan Leif at

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