• Standardizing a Fractured Industry

    February 15, 2016

    Medical device standards, machine tool specifications, automotive emissions standards, ball bearing tolerances – there are process and production specifications that are standardized across most industries. They help to set consistent expectations for quality and performance in business-to-business commerce. The recycling supply chain here in the US could benefit from this common practice of mature industries […]

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  • Food Waste & Date Labels

    March 15, 2016

    Food Waste: What’s in a Date? Have you ever gone to pour yourself a tall, cold glass of milk, only to see the date stamped on the carton was two days ago? Has it gone bad? You do the sniff test – it smells okay. But are you going to get sick after you drink […]

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  • Slide Deck: MRFF Flexible Packaging Recovery

    March 16, 2016

    MRFF Flexible Packaging Recovery Research Download Material Recovery for the Future (MRFF) slide deck that outlines the flexible packaging research being conducted by RRS for a collaboration of leading brands, packaging manufacturers and trade associations. Slide Deck PDF: RRS MRFF Flexible Packaging Recovery Research  

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  • Polystyrene Foam Recycling

    June 2, 2016

    Polystyrene Foam Recycling Reprinted with permission from Plastic Recycling Update (May 2016) and Resource Recycling magazine (June 2016). Senior Consultant Catherine Goodall and Communications Consultant Marissa Segundo co-authored an article that focuses on real-world success of polystyrene foam recovery. Foam polystyrene is arguably one of the most commonly used consumer packaging materials that is not commonly recycled. […]

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  • Press Release: RRS Celebrates 30 Years

    July 11, 2016

    RRS Celebrates 30 year Milestone July 12, 2016, Ann Arbor, Mich.  – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), is proud to celebrate 30 years of providing environmental solutions based on science and real-world application. Even before RRS’ incorporation, the founding members were making strides in the recycling world by launching the first curbside […]

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  • 5 Ways Government Drives Circular Economy

    August 2, 2016

    Five Ways Government Drives the Circular Economy: A NYC Case Study Alongside firms, product designers, and manufacturers, government plays an important role in advancing the circular economy.  By setting legislative agendas, developing strategic programs and public services, and making smart decisions regarding internal agency operations, government can drive the demand for circular products and influence […]

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  • Press Release: Flexible Packaging Report Findings

    September 22, 2016

    Findings Announced for Flexible Packaging Recycling Study September 22, 2016, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), announced the release of results from an industry collaborative study on the ability to recover flexible plastic packaging using existing sortation technology. The study was commissioned by Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF), […]

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  • Looking Through Circularity Binoculars

    November 4, 2016

    Looking Through Circularity Binoculars The circular economy offers a multitude of benefits for companies including resource efficiency, reduced supply chain risk, reliable feedstocks, improved corporate reputation, cost savings, product innovation, and more. But starting off can be tricky and confusing. Where do you begin? How do you shift your company to circularity? One of the […]

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  • Product Stewardship as a Competitive Edge

    November 4, 2016

    Product Stewardship as a Competitive Edge Product stewardship, or the idea that companies foster responsibility of their products cradle to cradle, can help create the internal feedback loops needed to make a product, and company, truly more sustainable. Internalizing each stage of a product’s lifecycle allows companies the ultimate power to influence how that product […]

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  • Product Service Systems – Sustainable Future?

    November 4, 2016

    Are Product Service Systems Our Sustainable Future? Some companies are engaging the customer throughout the product’s lifecycle by not selling the product, but by selling its utility. Extending the relationship between a company and its customer, beyond point of sale, opens up new opportunities for brands to interact with customers to understand customer demographics, gather […]

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