• Calculating Access: A Critical Measure Toward True Recyclability

    April 30, 2015

    Calculating Access: A Critical Measure Toward True Recyclability Do you have recycling at your home? At your workplace? What about your friend in the apartment building around the corner? Or your cousin in the next town over? The variety of responses to these simple questions provide a glimpse into the complex landscape of access to […]

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  • Slide Decks: Conference Board Sustainability Summit 2015

    May 1, 2015

    RRS and Dow Discuss the New American Frontier of Material Recovery The U.S. is behind the world when it comes to reuse and recycling – that is no secret. Corporate sustainability officers have shied away from focusing on recycling targets because they appear complicated, metrics can have regional variation, or they score low on materiality […]

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  • Slide Deck: Gov’s Summit & Michigan Recycling Coalition

    June 9, 2015

    2015 Governor’s Summit and Michigan Recycling Coalition Annual Conference In May of 2015, RRS participated in the combined event that culminated around recycling in Michigan. Below are several of the presentations given by RRS. RRS led the effort to gather information and quantify the state of recycling in Michigan. This project was made possible by […]

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  • 2015 Data Corner Collection

    December 11, 2015

    2015 Data Corner Collection This year, from March through December,  RRS supplied Resource Recycling magazine with data and analysis in the form of the Data Corner. It was tucked in the front part of each month’s magazine, hoping to get people thinking and the industry talking. We’ve compiled the ten Data Corners from 2015 and want […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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