Falling prices for scrap materials prompt closure of recycling centers in California

July 1st, 2016 - Mike Oldfield, an official at California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), said that over 300 of the 2,100 recycling centers in the state have been closed in the last year and a half owing to falling prices for scrap materials. rePLanet, the state's biggest private operator, closed 191 centers in past January alone. Read More

Commentary: New bottle bill doesn't add up

May 30th, 2016 - DALTON >> In his op-ed column of May 12, Big Y store manager Rick Bossie touts Senate Bill 646 as a way to improve recycling in Massachusetts by repealing our state's bottle bill and replacing it with a one-cent fee on beverage containers that would feed into a state fund meant to make grants to recycling programs and fund litter abatement programs. Read More

California's Redemption Recycling Center Model Is Garbage

May 3rd, 2016 - For a recycling scavenger whom CBS 5 is calling by the pseudonym "Daniel", it all boils down to the weight of his haul. The cans and bottles he scores from dumpsters in alleys behind San Francisco's downtown offices all hit the scale when he cashes them in at local redemption centers, and if he's doing it right, Daniel can make $1,000 a week, and about $48,0000 a year, or so he tells the station. Read More

Company urges care in glass recycling as Fayetteville tests changes

April 26th, 2016 - FAYETTEVILLE -- Glass can help pay for a city's recycling program or hobble it permanently depending on how the city handles the brittle material, representatives of the company processing Fayetteville's glass recycling told residents Monday. Read More

Video: Vitamin brand raises awareness on ocean plastic

April 22nd, 2016 - Natural multivitamin brand Rainbow Light has launched its Path to EcoGuard environmental health campaign to activate solutions to the toll plastics are taking on the oceans. In less than nine years, there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of ocean fish, reports the 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to design and policy change. Read More