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Surely the oldest form of recycling is organics recycling. Prehistoric farmers quickly realized that adding food scraps and other carbon based materials to soils resulted in more productive crops.

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Over the past few years the precipitous drop in recycled commodity prices has hurt the entire American scrap recycling industry, especially single stream MRFs and the burgeoning advanced mixed material recovery facilities (AMMRF), often derogatively called “Dirty MRFs.”

A coalition of Illinois government, business and community leaders came together to raise awareness around a new state law regarding safe disposal of used medical needles and syringes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Municipality of Isabela, Puerto Rico, have reached a legal agreement that will result in upgrades at the Isabela Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, and a plan to permanently close the landfill by June 2020.

The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, which details that refuse and recyclable material collectors, as a category, ranked fifth among American workers, with a total of 27 fatalities, down from 33 in 2013.