Waste Industry Sees Record Safety for Some; Recyclers Still Vulnerable

By Michael Mignano, Senior Research Analyst, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Member, SWEEP Steering Committee Newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 2016 was one of the safest years in recent memory for the American solid waste and recycling industry as a whole. However, this good news was not shared by […]

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The 20th Anniversary and History of America Recycles Day

By Bob Gedert, SWEEP Steering Committee Member and President of the National Recycling Coalition America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. ARD is celebrated annually on November 15. (Source: Wikipedia) Recently, recyclers around the nation celebrated America Recycles Day on November 15th. […]

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SWEEP Announces New National Standard Development Committees

By Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, EcoHub LLC; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee The SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the formation of national standard development committees for the SWEEP Industry Standard and the SWEEP Municipal Standard. Although there are zero waste and sustainable materials management certification standards […]

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Look on the bright side: Chinese recycling import ban is very good news for our oceans

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member “China Fallout Continues” reads a newsletter subject line that just popped in my inbox – yet another headline addressing China’s import ban on foreign waste that has dominated recent news in the waste and recycling industry circles. It’s safe to say that everyone […]

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The Best We Can Do?

By Duncan Watson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Keene; President, Board of Trustees, Northeast Resource Recovery Association; Member, SWEEP Steering Committee* I was watching a show on television recently about the Hubble telescope. After they fixed the lens that had a microscopic defect, the heavens that we had heretofore been blind to suddenly came […]

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The US Waste Industry–By the Numbers

By Jim Thompson, Principal—Waste Business Journal; Member SWEEP Steering Committee For many people, their knowledge of the waste industry extends about as far as seeing their garbage and recycling bins emptied every week or so and most would be very surprised to learn that activity is part of a $70 billion industry in the United […]

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China’s Import Policy Changes will make Recycling Stronger

Susan Robinson, Sr. Public Affairs Director at WM and SWEEP Co-Chair 危机 “WHEN WRITTEN IN CHINESE, THE WORD ‘CRISIS’ IS COMPOSED OF TWO CHARACTERS. ONE REPRESENTS DANGER AND THE OTHER REPRESENTS OPPORTUNITY”             —John F. Kennedy When I first started working in the recycling industry many decades ago, the municipality I worked […]

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Using Exclusive Waste Franchises to Promote High-Road Standards and Protect Community Interests

By Michael Mignano, Senior Research Analyst, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Municipalities across the US have outsourced waste collection to private companies with varying success. According to a guide published by In the Public Interest (ITPI), numerous problems can arise from poorly crafted contracts including, “disputes over pricing and billing…prolonged labor disruptions and uncollected garbage – […]

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City Ordinances and Policies of Successful Zero Waste Communities

By Bob Gedert, SWEEP Steering Committee Member and President of the National Recycling Coalition As the number of communities embracing Zero Waste grows to more than two hundred within the United States, a pattern can be observed from the programs that have achieved success. As new communities consider the bold step forward toward enhancing their […]

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Waste Diversion needs Organics Diversion, and Organics Diversion Needs Compostable Packaging

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member There is no shortage of ambitious waste diversion goals, and several major cities are currently working towards 2020 milestones for high diversion or “zero waste” goals. Typical tactics for achieving these goals address construction & demolition waste, yard waste, and recyclable paper and […]

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