• Press Release: MRF Material Flow Study

    July 9, 2015

    National Trade Collaborative Publishes MRF Material Flow Study RRS leads efforts to study sortability and recyclability of variety of materials. July 9, 2015, Ann Arbor, Michigan – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), announced today the publishing of the MRF Material Flow Study. The study focused on the flow of specific packaging forms […]

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  • MRF Material Flow Study

    July 9, 2015

    From the study… “Packaging companies have an interest in ensuring that the packages they produce or sell their products in have the opportunity to be recycled. The ability to recycle the package can be a consumer’s deciding factor in the purchase of a particular product. This, and the desire to minimalize environmental footprints, are the drivers behind the recently […]

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  • The Value of Recycling

    July 21, 2015

    The Value of Recycling Is recycling in America working? The mix of global market dynamics, domestic public policy and societal values that comprise the answer to that question is as complex as the stream of waste our highly local recycling systems are attempting to manage. The rate of consumer participation in recycling continues to grow. […]

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  • 5 Ways to Reduce Large-Scale Food Waste

    August 5, 2015

    5 Ways to Reduce Large-Scale Food Waste Monica Walker In the past several years, food waste reduction strategies have become more innovative, both with residential food waste and larger amounts of food waste from commercial establishments. To date, composting and feeding the hungry have been popular strategies to reduce food waste. The EPA hierarchy provides […]

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  • Innovative Food Waste Reduction Strategies

    August 5, 2015

    Innovative Food Waste Reduction Strategies Monica Walker We’ve heard the typical suggested methods for reducing food waste including feeding hungry people, feeding animals, composting, and others. We even covered the topic in a recent blog 5 Ways to Reduce Large-Scale Food Waste. Most of those examples are on a large-scale, a more commercial or municipal […]

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  • Press Release: Study on Recovery of Flexible Packaging

    September 17, 2015

    RRS is proud to announce its role in designing a new research program – Materials Recovery for the Future – to understand and enhance recovery solutions for flexible packaging.  RRS will begin by testing the potential of currently available MRF sorting technologies to improve separation of flexibles. Data from this work will shed light on […]

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  • Responses to Tierney’s Opinion

    October 14, 2015

    Letter submitted to the New York Times The backlash against John Tierney’s misunderstanding of the economics of recycling has been swift. But his business case against using waste as a resource ignores why more and more businesses – from General Motors to Dow – are focused on sending zero waste to landfills. Are these companies […]

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  • Designing for Bale Value

    October 30, 2015

    As seen on El Empaque + Conversion Designing for Bale Value™ In the lexicon of Design for Environment terms, Design for Recyclability is one of the many terms used in industrial ecology referring to methods that encourage the recovery of materials with a specific aim to drive informed best practices back into the product design cycle. […]

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  • Does Recycling Make Sense?

    October 30, 2015

    Florida radio show Radioactivity on 88.5 WMNF recently focused on John Tierney’s opinion (from “To The Point” radio program) that recycling doesn’t make sense. Two local recycling advocates Kim Byer, Hillsborough Solid Waste Director, and Barbara Heineken, RRS Consultant, provided a different perspective on recycling. Listen to the full interview here: Does Recycling Make Sense?

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