Unusual Things You Can Recycle
Here are 15 surprising things you may not have known that you can recycle.
2010 Illinois Recycling Economic Information Study
Recycling has a powerful economic impact at both the state and local level. In Illinois, the recycling industry generates over $30 billion annually in gross receipts. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling, and generates billions of dollars in gross revenues at the state level.
Loaders Play Important Role in Moving Materials at Recycling Facilities
Loaders play an important role in moving bulk material at recycling and solid waste facilities.
Recycling and New Job Creation
The recycling industry is increasingly developing new job opportunities as this sector continues to expand.
How Garment Recycling Works
The garment recycling process helps divert clothing from landfills and incinerators, recovering it for reuse, industrial rag and cloth production, as well as for fibrous material recovery. Read this overview.
Social Implications of Exporting Second-Hand Clothing to Developing Countries
Export of second-hand clothing represents a billion dollar trade internationally. Although it may damage domestic garment production of importing countries, research suggests that there is overall a positive benefit to importing nations.
Mac Recycling Provides Garment Recycling Services
Mac Recycling provides clothing recycling services, helping divert old clothes from the landfill.
Rest Easy: Mattress Recycling Can Work
Wider adoption of mattress recycling will help keep these items out of landfills, but there is much work to be done. Given the low price of mattress residuals, companies must charge customers to drop off mattresses, which can be a disincentive to recycling. One resolution is through legislation to promote recycling. Options are discussed below.
Textiles4Textiles Develops Garment Sorting Technology for Recycling
A new NIR technology sorting system holds promise to dramatically improve the value of fiber recovery, while also improving efficiency of sorting process.
Will Food and Pharmaceutical Industry Traceability Requirements Drive Demand...
This article anticipates the spike in the use or reusable transport items in conjunction with RFID sensors, in light of the opportunities to improve freshness, decrease shrinkage and better address regulatory traceability requirements.
Extended Producer Responsibility
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a policy alternative for community solid waste management. It can be described as a framework that places either partial or total responsibility on producers to manage or fund the post-use life cycle of products they create.
Electronic Devices a Rich Source of Precious Metals for Recyclers
End-of-life electronic devices are a rich source of precious metals, 40 to 50 times more concentrated than naturally occurring deposits.
This article answers some of the basic questions about recycling, such as what is recycling, why recycle, and what to recycle, as well as touching on the scrap business and the recycling industry.
How EcoStar Recycles PET Into Food Grade Packaging
A step-by-step guide as to how plastic bottles are recycled into food grade resin at EcoStar
Stanley Cup Finalists Shoot to Eliminate Waste
Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, this year's Stanley Cup finalists, are both taking steps to eliminate food waste as well as other green initiatives.
Recycling Innovation and Entrepreneurs
Innovative ideas have proven to be the spark for many entrepreneurs, including BigBelly Solar, paperfeet, and Refresh Glass
Glass Container Recycling
Empty glass bottles and jars are accepted in almost all curbside recycling programs and municipal recycling centers. A typical bottle or jar will contain about 70% recycled glass. About 80 percent of recycled glass is reused to make new glass packaging according to one industry source, although trends toward single-stream recycling are...
Oregon Metal Theft Legislation
Oregon's HB 3695 is designed to curb metal theft in the state. It requires transporters of metal scrap to have a metal transportation certificate. It also requires recyclers to pay by check to an address listed on the payee's identification document, unless a commercial account has been already set up. It addresses other issues such as...
Scrap Theft Altert was designed by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) as an industry initiative to reduce the theft of scrap. ISRI believes that addressing this theft problem requires cooperation between the scrap industry, law enforcement, as well as industry and the general public
Pallet and Container Theft Legislation
Legislation to curb pallet and container theft has been created in several states, but cannot be expected to yield substantive results unless combined with the various elements of a successful asset management program.
Recyclable Materials Theft
The theft of recyclable materials is a significant issue. Corrective measures can help address this problem.
Stop Pallet and Container Theft by Safeguarding Your Assets
The theft of pallets and reusable containers can be controlled by taking a number of steps, including asset safeguarding.
Basketball Games and Recycling
Recycling at basketball games can reduce or eliminate solid waste.
How to Make More Money Recycling Used Cardboard Boxes
One way for cardboard recyclers and other businesses to increase revenue from old corrugated containers (OCC) is to sell them for reuse rather than simply baling for recycling. Marty Metro, CEO of www.usedcardboardboxes.com offers these five tips on what types of businesses and container types present the best fit for this strategy
How U.S. EPA Supports C&D Reduction and Utilization
The EPA supports C&D waste reduction through programs, partnerships and other initiatives. A group of C&D fact sheets has been developed by EPA.
The Electronics Recycling Hierarchy
Electronics recycling operations look to maximize revenue from processing e-waste such as old computers, cell phones and other devices by utilizing a hierarchical approach to product and material recovery. Typically, reuse is the most profitable approach, while at the end of the scale, incineration is the least attractive.
Buy - Tips to Consider When Purchasing Recycling Containers
A poorly thought out container selection may result in unwanted outcomes such as decreased recycling rates, needless clutter and inefficiency, worker injury, or unnecessary cost. Here are some basic considerations for choosing the best recycling container for your recycling program.
Scrap Metal Collection
The most basic entry into the scrap metal business is as a scrap metal collector. This article reviews some of the basics of scrap metal collection.
Wood Pallet Recycling
Wood pallet recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. that is involved in the retrieval, sorting, repair, refurbishment and sale of previously used pallets. Such pallets are typically substantially cheaper than similar quality new pallets. As such, the industry has enjoyed steady growth in recent decades.
Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA): Organizational Profile
Welcome to an overview of the Construction Materials Recycling Association. This non-profit association represents diverse member companies from the C&D recycling industry.
DecaBDE use has generated a storm of controversy, especially with respect to pallet usage. Its usage has been less contentious in the recycling industry, but is scheduled for elimination by 2013.
E-Verify Program Helps Employers Screen for Eligible Employees - Eligible...
E-Verify Program Helps Employers Screen for Eligible Employees - Eligible Employees Identified by E-Verify
Reducing Waste in the Supply Chain
Businesses are examining every area of their supply chain to reduce costs. Reducing waste has become a key component of any cost reduction program that is implemented. There are a number of processes that can be used in order to reduce waste in a company’s supply chain.
Working Safely with Pallets
Pallets are widely used in industry, but when improperly handled or specified, they can present risk of injury to workers. Here is information to help reduce risk to those who work with pallets.
Event Planners Can Expect Venues to Incorporate Sustainability and Recycling
Many event and meeting planners are still learning what they may and may not expect from venues when it comes to sustainability requirements. But it is reasonable to now expect that many venues should be ready and able to answer questions – or even lead some discussions on the topic of sustainability efforts/initiatives.
How to Start a Rural Recycling Program in Rural Patagonia
Starting a rural recycling program presents many hurdles which through creativity and persistence can be addressed.
Pay As You Throw (PAYT)
Pay as you throw (PAYT) is a model for disposing of municipal solid waste based on usage pricing. Charges to users are tied to how much waste they generate for collection by the local authority, as opposed to the traditional approach, which is tied to a flat rate, regardless of the amount of garbage generated.
PLUS - Pallet Logistics Unit-Load Solutions Inc.
A new collaborative pallet industry offering will provide an alternative to large rental companies, and provide a means for independent pallet companies to participate in increasingly national-level pallet pool schemes.
Waste and Recycling Guidance Publications - Health and Safety Executive U.K.
Waste and recycling industries guidance publications
Oregon Metal Theft Legislation
Oregon's HB 3695 is designed to curb metal theft in the state. It requires transporters of metal scrap to have a metal transportation certificate. It also requires recyclers to pay by check to an address listed on the payee's identification document, unless a commercial account has been already set up. It addresses other issues such as unlawfully altering metal products, unlawfully buying of selling, or false statements about the source of material.
The Benefits of Glass Recycling: Why Recycle Glass
Glass recycling is good for the environment.. A glass bottle that is sent to a landfill can take up to a million years to break down. By contrast, it takes as little as 30 days for a recycled glass bottle to leave your kitchen recycling bin and appear on a store shelf as a new glass container.
10 Quick Facts About Glass Recycling
Here are 10 quick facts about glass recycling.
Encorp Pacific Annual Report (2010)
British Columbia's not-for-profit Encorp Pacific recovered over 1 billion beverage containers in 2010. Read the details in their annual report.
Recycling Rates of Metals: A Status Report
A report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that recycling rates of metals are in many cases far lower than their potential for reuse. Fewer than one-third of 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent recycling, yet many of these are crucial to clean technologies such as batteries for hybrid cars to the magnets in wind turbines, according to the study, which makes suggestions towards improvement.
Pesticide Container Recycling Resources
Follow this link to a number of resources related to the recycling of pesticide packaging, including non-compliant reusable containers. With the new EPA Pesticide Container and Containment rule introduced August 16, 2011, many older containers can no longer be used.
Cell Phone Recycling Programs Designed to Motivate
Various programs are emerging to help promote the recycling of cell phones, including Recycle My Cell and Gazelle.
Franchise Opportunities in the Recycling, Reuse and Waste Management Sectors
Many franchise opportunities exist within the recycling, reuse and junk removal sectors. Here is a list of franchise options.
Mattress Recycling Business
Mattress recycling is becoming a viable business as cities continue to expand their landfill bans.
Reusables on the Move!
An increasingly business opportunity is the provision of rental moving crates. Business models include single site businesses, franchises, as well as multiple location opportunities.
Introduction to Organics Recycling
Organics recycling promises to divert food and yard waste from landfills, thus prolonging landfill life, reducing methane emissions and offering many other benefits.
How the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Support Recycling
Over the years, auto repair shops play an have come to play an active role in promoting recycling, as validated by a recent study conducted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association entitled Driving Toward a Cleaner Environment: The Automotive Aftermarket’s Green Story. Companies are recycling tires, batteries, air conditioning...
USPS Lost Pallets and Trays – What Does It Mean for Recyclers
US Postal Service has served notice that it will continue to prosecute for unlawful use or theft of its pallets and trays. What does this mean for recyclers?
Cardboard Theft - Recent Cases Underscore Need for a New Approach
This article looks at the emerging issue of cardboard theft, and how companies can better protect themselves.
Every recycling company should know about Superfund, and ISRI's program to help members eliminate liability exposure related to it.
Pallet and Container Reuse Pooling Businesses and Color Coding
The use of color coding to help identify and better control a pallet or reusable container pooling business is a longstanding practice that continues to be a best practice in this application.
Sample Business Plans for Recycling Businesses
A key component of any new business undertaking is a successful business plan. This article provides links to sample business plans for recycling businesses.
Top Publications for the Plastic Recycling Industry
Here is a list of top trade publications and websites for the plastic recycling business.
Top Recycling Industry Publications
This article provides a list of major recycling industry publications, along with summaries and links.
More Recycling Enterprise Business Plan Samples
This article continues my review of sample business plans for startup recycling businesses.
UK's Top Recycling Industry Publications
This article lists top recycling industry publications in the UK.
List of Top Recycling Publications (Volume 2)
This list continues my review of top industry trade publications.