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Survey says… Recycling quality harmed by one-bin approach

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/survey-says-recycling-quality-harmed-by-one-bin-approach/
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No big surprise here! A survey of mills indicates that quality of one-bin materials are inferior.

In North America, a survey of mills’ recovered paper buyers regarding their ability to successfully use the recyclables sorted from ‘one-bin’ collection programs clearly shows that the recycling of paper is ‘significantly diminished both in quality and quantity’ in communities where mixed waste processing systems are put in place, states Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

The preliminary results of the survey reveal that, of those respondents who purchase recovered fiber from mixed waste processing centers, 70% find the quality to be worse than most other recovered paper

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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