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New Year + New Recycling Outlook

2018 was a tumultuous year, globally, for the waste and recycling industry but it caused the impetus for reflection and transformation.  China’s National Sword forced all waste generators to find solutions to their own waste, including establishing higher percentages of post-consumer material used in manufacturing, designing products with reuse and/or recyclability intent upon disposal, and,… Continue Reading

Paper or Plastic? Compostable or Biodegradable?

‘Compostable or Biodegradable’ and ‘Paper or Plastic’…with respect to procuring disposable goods, these questions are commonly debated.  Materials matter in determining environmental impacts for calculating carbon footprints as well as in achieving sustainability goals. Many institutions procure compostable or biodegradable products, i.e. cups, plates, straws and cutlery, with the notion that these are better for… Continue Reading

Disposable Disaster

2018 has been an extremely challenging year for the recycling industry.  Global changes have caused commodity markets to plummet and severely disrupt the norm for recycling stakeholders.  Fortunately, the positive outcomes resulting from the global recycling crisis are gaining.  Over the past several months, announcements pertaining to sustainable options for single-use plastics have permeated the waste news. … Continue Reading

Global Recycling Industry News

Up until this year, China was THE largest importer of recyclables in the world, 50% of the global recyclable paper, plastics and metals waste went to China; and, it was the single largest consumer of recyclable materials generated in North America.  For US recycling companies, it was cheap to send recyclable materials to China because… Continue Reading

Post-Game Show

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2017/10/01/post-game-show/ Have you ever imagined making landfills history?  Zero Waste movement and environmental enthusiasts do and G Force Waste Sorters, Inc. is primed for the job.  From just 40 hours of sorting trash, G Force Waste Sorters has already diverted over 11 tons of waste from landfills!  The ‘waste’ is comprised of valuable resources such… Continue Reading

The Splendid Sorters Remembering The Splendid Splinter

Memorial Day Salute Boston Red Sox (BRS) left fielder, six-time American League (American League) Batting Champion and two-time Triple Crown winner, Theodore Samuel Williams (1918-2002) has many monikers including the “Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”.  “The Splendid Splinter” is the last Major League Baseball (MLB) player to bat over .400 in a season, .406 in… Continue Reading

New Spin to Graduation

Graduation Gowns Studies show a correlation between educating consumers and higher participation in recycling programs.   Since many people ask what happens to the cardboard, paper and containers (plastic, glass and metal) that are put into recycling bins and this is graduation season, I thought it would be an opportune time to bring awareness to one… Continue Reading

World Environment Day

World Environment Day The Environment Trifecta: Earth Hour in March, Earth Day in April and World Environment Day in June! The United Nations designated June 5th as World Environment Day and it has been celebrated internationally since 1974.  “World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the… Continue Reading

March for Climate Justice

March for Climate Justice Tomorrow, April 29th, is the march to the White House, in Washington, D.C., in support of “climate, jobs and justice” spearheaded by the Peoples Climate Movement. On September 21, 2014, the Peoples Climate Movement organized an historic Peoples Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit.  This well-orchestrated call-to-action… Continue Reading

International Mother Earth Day

“I wish to do something great and wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful.”  Albert Einstein From the climate science march on the National Mall to cleaning up litter in publics spaces, there is something everyone can do to celebrate Mother Nature tomorrow. In 1970, 20… Continue Reading

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