US buying more drink containers, recycling less, says CRI report

November 11th, 2013 - Americans purchased many more beverage containers than they recycled over the last decade, losing a huge opportunity to generate energy from waste and curb greenhouse gases according to new data from the U.S.-based Container Recycling Institute (CRI).  Read More
New report on US recycling rates reveals poor 20-year track record

October 30th, 2013 - Of the 243 billion beverage packages sold in the U.S. in 2010—glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans as well as foil pouches, gabletop cartons and other nontraditional containers—153 billion were either landfilled, littered or incinerated.  Read More
Container Recycling Rate Not Nearly Good Enough

October 30th 2013 - A new report from the Container Recycling Institute shows U.S. recycling rates for containers are and have been poor. Based on more than 20 data sources, from the beverage market to U.S. census tables, "Bottled Up: Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates (2000-2010)" indicates sales of disposable beverage containers grew 22 percent from 2000-2010, with per capita consumption up 8 percent over that period, but the rate at which we recycled the empty containers fell.  Read More
Going With the Single-Stream Flow

October 14th, 2013 - NH - Does that empty cereal box go in the cardboard or mixed paper bin? Is a tuna fish can considered aluminum or tin? And what about the plastic container that the roasted chicken from the supermarket deli came in: Recyclable or trash?  Read More
WM, others take aim at Minnesota bottle bill proposal

October 9th, 2013 - Minnesota - A proposal to introduce a deposit on PET bottles and aluminum cans in Minnesota was met with strong opposition last week during a public hearing held by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Read More