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  • Software technology reduces fuel costs for refuse trucks

    “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This brainy notion from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures is often quoted by strategic planners to make a foundational point.

  • California proposes to treat ASR as hazardous

    A California bill that would classify auto shredder output as potentially hazardous waste subject to tighter oversight by state environmental regulators made its way through the legislature and to the governor’s desk for signing.

  • Model bill hints at future of battery recycling


    A model for legislation that would require recycling of nearly all consumer batteries is in the works.

  • Recyclers face challenges with non-deployed OEM airbags


    No one disputes the fact that airbags are one of the most important safety innovations to protect passengers during a crash by instantaneously inflating when a serious accident occurs. Frontal airbags have been required in all new passenger vehicles since 1999.

  • Food processors offset energy costs with scraps


    Food processing facilities are beginning to look like potential early adopters of waste-to-energy recycling.

  • Recycling small mobile devices emerges as big business


    As smart phones get smarter and smaller, they also get slimmer, more fragile and more prone to breaking. But most will become obsolete and be upgraded to newer, more powerful devices before they crack.

  • Stable rubber recycling market attracts new plant


    Danish rubber recycler Genan’s big new tire recycling plant in Houston is entering a rubber recycling market that, to appearances, is stable and already well-served by existing domestic facilities.

  • Once maligned methane gas now an asset for energy production


    Today, recycling methane gas is not only a growing source of energy generation, but also an effective means of preventing greenhouse gas from polluting the atmosphere and turning it into a valuable revenue stream.

  • Rubberized asphalt gains traction


    Blending crumb rubber made from scrap tires into asphalt formulations to pave roads is a winning strategy – one being adopted by more and more state departments of transportation (DOTs).

  • V2V car technologies could lead to new auto recycling challenges


    A large decline in the number of automobile accidents would have a significant effect on one of the major sources of supply for automobile recyclers.

  • Greater profits seen in recovering and recycling food packaging


    The more we can recover and recycle food packaging materials the greater the possibility that municipal recycling facilities (MRFs) can generate new revenue and minimize the amount of residue going to landfills.

  • Recycling reduces tonnage tipped


    At one time it appeared that America might one day virtually drown in its own waste.

  • Stormwater regulations tighten for recyclers


    Rarely has there been a more vexing subject as stormwater runoff regulations as they apply to the recyclers of scrap metals and automobiles.

  • American dream turns nightmarish in Florida


    Metal theft is a serious problem and one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. Copper, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel and scrap iron have become an easy target for thieves looking to make a quick buck.

  • What’s behind polystyrene bans?


    New York City recently passed a law that will ban polystyrene food containers beginning 2015. With Chicago and other cities contemplating similar laws, it makes one question why these cities aren’t recycling the foam instead.

  • Construction spending buoys C&D recyclers


    In March 2006, U.S. spending on construction peaked at an annual rate of $1.2 trillion dollars. By February 2011, as the global financial crisis worked its way through the economy, that figure had slumped to barely $750 billion. Construction and demolition recycling generally tracks spending on construction, so for C&D recyclers that five-year period was largely one of unrelieved cutbacks.