After two decades of a headlong rush to single stream recycling collection programs across the US, are they still the best positioned to take us into the new recycling future we’re in the process of designing? Or do other approaches such as dual stream collection offer some important advantages?… Read More
The Northern California Recycling Association’s draft comments to the California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling focused on the merits of dual stream recycling.… Read More
Big Waste dominates every aspect of solid waste and recycling practice and policy. The top four consolidated companies earn $30 billion of the $70 billion economic sector. Big Waste companies own or control 75% of the permitted landfill capacity in major metropolitan areas, and control an estimated 50% of the national hauling market, with increased levels of domination in regional markets.… Read More
Neil Seldman and Bob Gedert explain how the consolidation of large waste disposal services led to single stream recycling, and how China’s changing rules will affect the future of that system.… Read More
The First Star Recycling Company in Nebraska has halted single stream from commercial participants as of June 1st, 2018. The pressure causing them to end this practice stemmed from new international recycling specifications.
The company has reported contamination rates of 40 percent and their resulting labor costs have become too great. … Read More