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  • Recovered fiber values continue to drop

    The price for OCC declined by nearly 13% over the past month. Other fiber grades also fell. The national average for corrugated containers (PS 11) fell again, from an average $32 per ton in May to the current $28-per-ton range.
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  • With OCC plummeting, MRFs face tough decisions

    Recycling operators across the country two years ago were enjoying record high values for old corrugated containers. Now, they are either storing the material, unloading it at little profit or sending loads to disposal.
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  • Canada Agrees to Take Back Trash Sent to Philippines Years Ago

    The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would take back tons of garbage sent to the Philippines several years ago, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that it be returned immediately.
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  • Recycling Isn’t About the Planet. It’s About Profit.

    When you drop a bottle in a blue bin, you’re joining the unruly transglobal trash trade.
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  • Recycling in the US will survive — despite the media narrative

    The Atlantic and The New York Times recently carried near identical stories about what they portrayed as the "end of recycling" due to China's ban on scrap imports from the U.S.
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  • Man Bites Dog: The Press and Recycling

    Many recyclers are upset and disheartened over the onslaught of negative recycling coverage in the press. So, what do you do when the press calls? Help them.
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  • Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs

    China stopped importing trash from other countries. Now, many cities in the US are facing a recycling crisis.
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  • This young whale died with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach

    Researchers pulled nearly 90 pounds of plastic waste out of the stomach of a young cuvier beaked whale that died in the Davao Gulf of the Philippines.
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  • Nine Dragons signs MOU for mill in India

    Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons Paper Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian state of Maharashtra to invest some $630 million to establish a paper- and board-making presence in the state.
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  • OCC movement slows alongside Chinese economy

    China has decreased purchases of old corrugated containers, which has caused domestic and export prices for the key fiber grade to fall.
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  • The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End

    For those of us who spent most of our lives painstakingly separating plastic, glass, paper and metal, single-stream recycling is easy to love. No longer must we labor.
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  • China trade roundup: More materials barred at year’s end

    Even as exporters move off of China as a destination for certain recyclables, the country remains a crucial market. And several recent Chinese developments carry industry-wide implications.
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  • Greasy pizza boxes (and 9 other things) you shouldn't recycle that are costing your town

    You remember that greasy pizza box you almost threw out, but recycled instead? The cheese was stuck to the lid again, too, but the delivery kid kept the change and drove away so fast you didn't have time to complain? Remember?
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  • These 13 towns are saying no to plastic bags as Murphy weighs statewide tax

    After a rapid push through Trenton at the end of the last legislative session, a bill to place fees on single-use shopping bags is sitting on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. But some Garden State towns aren't waiting for the governor to take action.
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  • Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleaning Device Sets Sail This Summer

    Boyan Slat was 16-years-old when he saw more plastic than fish while driving through waters in Greece. So, he decided to dedicate his high school project to learn more about ocean pollution and how he could solve this problem.
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  • The American recycling system is on the verge of breaking down

    You're soon going to have to pay a lot more to recycle, and the reason is simple supply-and-demand economics, with a healthy dash of international trade policy.
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  • China freezes out US scrap shipments for 30 days

    Nation’s shuttering of CCIC offices effectively seals market for May 2018.
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  • King County Task Force to Explore Solutions to ‘Recycling Crisis’

    With tighter regulations affecting the flow of recyclables in the U.S., officials look for new avenues for the region’s paper waste.
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  • China No Longer Wants Your Trash. Here's Why That's Potentially Disastrous.

    The country has been the “world’s wastebasket” for decades. But starting Jan. 1, China has said “no more.”
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  • Interactive map: Which towns do the best job recycling your trash

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  • Recycling Partnership's advice on National Sword: Keep calm and clean up your act

    The Recycling Partnership's webinar about the growing effect of China's National Sword scrap import policies put a strong emphasis on the need for companies and municipalities to stay the course with their recycling efforts
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  • New Jersey DEP Awards $14.3 Million in Recycling Grants

    We are proud to live in a state that leads the national in recycling. Good news for the counties we serve.
    http://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/new-jersey-dep-recycling-grants/

  • Mandatory Plastic Recycling Legislation

    Here is a list of states that require mandatory plastic bottle recycling. Did your state make the list?
    http://www.plasticsrecycling.org/state-recycling/mandatory-plastic-recycling-legislation

  • Recycling Is Important

    Kids often ask if recycling is really important. Here is a great, simple article to share with your children to explain how essential and beneficial recycling can be.
    http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/importance.html