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Contributed by DERRIC BROWN

When consumers think of recycling, an image of the chasing arrows and the 1970s “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan might come to mind. Those of us in the industry know that technology has played an important role in the evolution of recycling, so it was just a matter of time before robots got involved.

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Commingling or single stream recycling is taking the nation by storm as more and more municipalities establish a streamlined system in which all recyclables, including plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum and newspaper are put into a single cart for recycling.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the 57th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, reporting that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 1.3 percent in 2016, in line with the long term decline rate of 1.3 percent per year since 2001.

Cascades and Tricentris have signed a three year partnership agreement. As part of this deal, Tricentris will supply all of the cardboard recovered at its three sorting facilities to Cascades.

Sonoco, a large global packaging company, reported financial results for its first quarter, ending April 2, 2017.

In its newest push to encourage the magazine industry to use recycled paper, the nonprofit Green America’s Better Paper Project launched “One Million Trees” to encourage higher education institutions to publish alumni magazines on recycled paper.