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Although it may not be a hot enough story to make the nightly news, the polypropylene (PP) recycling process is evolving. That’s exciting, because any advances that allow us to improve the way we recycle this highly-prized resin are welcome. As environmentally conscious consumers ask companies to use more sustainable production methods, some of the world’s...
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China’s recent ban on paper, plastics, and other items had stated a contamination threshold of just 0.3 percent. As most recycling industry executives would agree – this is not realistically obtainable. It looks like China has come to the same conclusion. Think about it – if you produce a 1,500 lb. bale of cardboard for...
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China’s ban on paper, plastics and other items has the potential to impact not only the recycling industry, but also manufacturers, municipalities, and many other related industries. Obviously, the elimination of mixed paper will generate a massive oversupply of material on the market. Recycling is, and always will be, a supply and demand controlled market,...
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There is much talk and speculation about how China’s ban on recycling imports, such as mixed paper, will affect markets and the recycling industry, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Recyclers, material brokers, mill buyers, and others all have their opinion on how this will impact the industry. The problem is, it is all...
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There will likely be additional changes to China’s imports of recyclable materials in the near future. As we mentioned in a previous blog post about China’s National Sword anti-smuggling plans, under the Chinese government’s “National Sword 2017” clampdown, close inspection of imported recyclable materials were put in place. These materials include cardboard and mixed paper, recyclable...
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently announced that a record amount of 67.2% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in the year of 2016, an incredible feat for paper recovery. According to WhatTheyThink, the annual paper recovery rate has doubled since 1990 and U.S. paper recovery has either met...
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As the Earth’s wellbeing and contamination levels continue as a global topic of discussion, we wanted to share a local story, from right here in Massachusetts. Massachusetts, like many states, has worked through recycling regulations and best practices for years in order to optimize its recycling stream. Looking for a solution to improve their waste...
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As most familiar with the recycling industry know, China is by far the largest consumer of recyclables materials in the world. Their enormous manufacturing base, as well as their expanding desire for consumer products abroad, has created a country that seems to have an endless need for raw materials, including recyclables. The country’s enormous appetite...
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Five years ago, the analytics firm comScore partnered with UPS to poll five thousand consumers on their online shopping habits. The results? In 2016, shoppers made 51% of their purchases online, compared to 48% in 2015, and 47% in 2014. The five-year study also found that an increased reliance and convenience of smartphones has bolstered...
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“Styrofoam”, is a brand name for EPS, or Expanded Polystyrene.  This material comes in many forms shapes, and sizes, but is typically found as protective packaging for appliances, furniture, electronics, and other types of items. Unfortunately, it is also the material of choice for large coffee chains such as Dunkin Donuts. In a previous post,...
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