• Mind the Gap

    March 13, 2017

    Mind the Gap One of the things that makes America great is the diversity across our communities.  On this topic, think about recycling for a second.  How do you recycle where you live?  Now think about your neighboring community, or a city you’ve visited on vacation.  How does recycling work there?  Chances are your programs […]

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  • Foam is Not a Four-Letter Word

    March 17, 2017

    Foam is Not a Four-Letter Word In the 1830s, German pharmacist Eduard Simon discovered polystyrene. Today, we see foam polystyrene everywhere – cups to hold hot coffee, to-go containers to take home leftovers from the restaurant, and plates for summertime picnic outings. Foam polystyrene has great insulating and cushioning properties due to the fact it […]

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  • Press Release: Search for MRF Flexible Packaging Recycling Pilot

    March 21, 2017

    RRS Begins Search for MRF Flexible Packaging Recycling Pilot  March 21, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy RRS announced the next phase in the Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) research program: identifying a  U.S. materials recovery facility (MRF) and the community(s) it serves for a curbside flexible packaging recycling pilot. Today, […]

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  • Going Beyond Collection

    May 31, 2017

    Going Beyond Collection Reprinted with permission from Resource Recycling Inc. magazine, May 2017 issue. Last year, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Centralized Study on the Availability of Recycling found that a substantial majority of Americans have recycling programs available to them that accept all PET packaging. Included in this designation were bottles and jugs but also […]

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  • Carton Council: Carton Recycling

    June 22, 2017

    THE CLIENT Formed in 2009, the Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions to divert valuable cartons from landfills. Elopak, Evergreen Packaging, Sig, and Tetra Pak packaging companies are full members of the Carton Council, and Weyerhauser is an associate member. THE CHALLENGE Cartons are becoming an increasingly […]

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  • Is Resilience the Silver Lining to Chinese Waste Ban?

    September 25, 2017

    Is Resilience the Silver Lining to Chinese Waste Ban? On July 19th, the long-rumored ban of scrap materials, including many types of post-consumer plastics, was formally announced by the Chinese through the WTO.  This ban is seen as the culmination of escalating actions taken by the Chinese government to address the dumping of scrap and […]

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  • Measuring Textile Reuse

    September 29, 2017

    Measuring Textile Reuse Reuse is one of the most preferable waste management techniques, toward the top of the waste hierarchy, as it has a much lower environmental impact than other waste management practices, like landfill, incineration, and even recycling. This is because reuse requires low levels of reprocessing (to determine reuse), it preserves an item’s […]

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  • Municipal Contracting

    October 18, 2017

    Michael Timpane, RRS VP, recently spoke at the Recycling Today Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago. DeAnne Toto, managing editor at Recycling Today, covered the highlights in her Oct. 16, 2017 article (reprinted with permission): Michael Timpane, who works out of Florida as a principal and vice president of process optimization and material recovery […]

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  • Beyond 34: Orlando Pilot

    October 26, 2017

    RRS, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, City of Orlando, and Orlando Chamber of Commerce Partnership Oct 26, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS) announced its participation in the Beyond 34 public-private partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the city of Orlando, Fla., and the Orlando […]

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  • History of America Recycles Day

    November 18, 2017

    The History of America Recycles Day Did you realize that America Recycles Day occurred last week? With news cycles on overload covering other topics, America Recycles Day (ARD) was noticeably missing from mainstream media. Even more startling was this year was ARD’s 20th anniversary! We thought it would be interesting to look back at the […]

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