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Cardboard Contamination: A Growing (and Expensive) Problem for Recyclers

      Bottles, cans and plastic wrap. Plastic milk crates. Even an office chair and a toilet seat. They’re all things that Miller Recycling has recently found mixed into incoming loads of recovered cardboard. Cardboard contamination is a global problem, and it’s not new—but developments over the last few years have made cardboard contamination a...
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Recycling Plastic is Complicated: Is it Worth the Effort?

People watching TV in 1990 might remember seeing commercials from DuPont declaring that empty plastic containers weren’t trash—they were “full of potential,” and that potential could only be harnessed by people recycling plastic. That same year, Coca-Cola began making bottles using recycled plastic. By 1992, there were nearly 5,000 curbside recycling programs in the U.S....
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The Role of Recycling in Preventing Climate Change

People who strive to be environmentally conscious might ask themselves if there is anything that one person or one business can do to lessen the impact of climate change. It’s such an overwhelming problem that it can be hard to believe that small-scale actions could make a difference. Using recycling services really can make a...
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Polymetallic Nodules: Sourcing EV Battery Metals From Ocean Floor Metals

We don’t yet have flying cars, but we may soon have electric cars powered by ocean rocks the size of potatoes. Those rocks represent a potentially game-changing solution to a looming metal shortage that could derail the burgeoning electric vehicles market. Global sales of electric vehicles are skyrocketing; there were 10 million EVs being driven...
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How the Global Shipping Container Shortage Crisis Started

It’s not your imagination: Prices have risen for all kinds of goods over the past six months. A shipping container shortage crisis is wreaking havoc on the global supply chain. As the shipping carriers that control these containers give priority to Asian exporters, companies in the U.S. and other parts of the world can’t find...
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Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth

Each Earth Day has a different theme. Last it was “Climate Action,” and before that, “Protect Our Species,” in 2019. Earth Day 2021’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.”  Each year people around the globe spend a day focusing on the chosen theme and acknowledging the day through events and activities designed to bring awareness and...
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Scrap Metal and 30 Years of ISRI Membership

We’re celebrating a big milestone in 2021: Miller Recycling is proud to be a 30-year member company of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. For me, reaching this point is a gratifying reminder of how long we’ve been helping our clients with their recycling needs. (Of course, Miller Recycling has been around for much longer...
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Recycling Single-Use Cups is Finally Possible for Paper Recycling Companies

You have a lot to think about in the course of a typical day. The fate of your disposable coffee cup probably ranks low on the list of your daily concerns. Wonder no more: Whether you toss it in a trash can or in a recycling bin for mixed paper, that cup is almost certainly...
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What China’s National Sword Policy Looks Like in 2021

If you haven’t gone looking for news about international recycling, you may not realize the significance of a recent development out of China. The country’s “National Sword” policy—sometimes shortened to “China Sword”—isn’t new, but the restrictions it places on foreign waste imports became even stricter at the beginning of this year. American recyclers and consumers...
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