• FPI FRC: Foam Polystyrene Recycling

    January 12, 2016

    THE CLIENT The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) was formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) in 2014 to support increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from foam polystyrene. FRC shares general information on foam recycling, provides technical resources and offers funding assistance to programs ready to start or strengthen post-consumer foam recycling. FRC members include […]

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  • Following the Food Waste Crumb Trail

    January 30, 2016

    It is no secret that we waste tons of food – literally tons. The EPA lists the US generating over 37 million tons in 2013 alone, and this number is very conservative1. Food waste occurs at various points in the value chain – production, manufacturing, retail/restaurants, and consumers. But this isn’t something new – unfortunately we’ve […]

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  • 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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  • How to Add a Material to Your Recycling Program

    February 23, 2016

    Reprinted with permission from Waste Advantage February 2016 issue. Download full article PDF here: RRS How to Add a Material to Recycling Program Many of you are tasked with adding an item to your recycling program in view of advanced technology, packaging changes and higher recycling goals. Often, those advocating to add materials may not completely […]

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  • Milwaukee & Waukesha: MRF RFP Development

    February 25, 2016

    THE CLIENT Waukesha County is Wisconsin’s third largest county located in the southeastern portion of the state. With 576 square miles, the county includes 37 municipalities with a combined population of over 389,000. The City of Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, the eastern neighbor of Waukesha County. The city boasts a population over […]

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  • Press Release: ReFED Food Waste Report Launch

    March 9, 2016

    RRS Joins ReFED to Launch Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste Report March 9, 2016, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), joins Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) in announcing the launch of the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste report outlining a path to cut U.S. […]

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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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  • University of Michigan: Composting Program

    March 18, 2016

    THE CLIENT The University of Michigan (UM) is a public research university with over 43,000 students located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University was founded in 1817 with a campus covering more than 780 acres with 580 buildings. UM offers 250 degree programs, including undergraduate degrees; doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences; and professional degrees in medicine, […]

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  • Earth Day – Great Time to Review Communications

    April 22, 2016

    I’ve seen and heard of some pretty spectacular events hosted by communities, corporations and organizations all in the name of Earth Day (April 22). Why, there is even rumor of an RRS alumni that wore a soda can costume to promote recycling during a previous life in a community position. I believe there was also […]

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  • Denver Recycling Program – Seamless Transitions

    April 27, 2016

    Reprinted with permission from Resource Recycling magazine, April 2016 issue. Seamless Transitions We all know it’s not easy to implement large-scale change in any area of business or life – just think back to your last few New Year’s resolutions for evidence. When the desired shift involves public programs or policy, the obstacles may seem […]

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