One of the most valuable recyclable materials, electronic waste or electronic scrap (e-waste or e-scrap) ironically is seldom recycled and when it is, it’s usually not handled in the environmentally sound or health-conscious way that’s called for. With the growth of the disposable, mass consumption economy in the U.S., we’ve seen an uptick in the…Read more
Has the Cardboard Recycling Industry Fallen Flat?
Along with plastics and paper products, the demand for imports of old, corrugated cardboard (OCC/Containerboard) from the U.S. has continued to decrease this past year following import policy changes in China and other major buyers. Although the Chinese government has issued imports for more than 5.5 million tons of OCC this year, import permits do…Read more
Will Recycling Burn Out For Good?
Ever since the industrial revolution and the end of World War II, American consumption has been increasing. Single use plastics, paper products, and glass have become more common, and even clothing has become quickly disposable, entering secondhand stores faster than it can be sold. (more…)Read more
Confronting “the Plastics Paradox” as it Emerges
Plastics recycling is often lauded as a progressive step towards helping the environment. But there are underlying issues with plastics production, use, and recycling that are creating what is often referred to as “the Plastics Paradox.” (more…)Read more