Survey says… Recycling quality harmed by one-bin approach

Date: 3 Mar 2016 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.