What happens when our oceans become landfills?

July 23rd, 2015 - As the nation focuses on recent shark attacks that have shaken coastal communities, an even bigger problem is lurking in the water: the overwhelmingly large amount of trash that is harming both marine life and humans.   Read More

California ripe for ‘green’ thieves of water and recyclable cans

July 20th, 2015 - LOS ANGELES — Every night, throughout commercial and residential neighborhoods in California, the clang-clang-clang of shopping carts resonates as a brigade of scavengers roam the streets and scour curbside recycling bins in search of valuables.  Read More

New Vendor, Defined Process Presenting Challenges to Summit Curbside Recycling Program

July 14th, 2015 - SUMMIT, NJ - Beginning in July, the City of Summit began working with a new vendor, F. Basso Jr. Rubbish Removal Inc., for residential recycling. Along with this new vendor, came a need for Summit residents to adhere to the parameters of the more cost-effective and environmentally friendly dual-stream curbside collection system, a system which was always in place but not fully enforced by the previous recycling vendor.  Read More

4 Big Recycling Myths Tossed Out

July 13th, 2015 - America's recycling system is in crisis. That's the picture the Washington Post recently painted in a damning story on the state of recycling in the United States. First, the mixed-material "blue bins," designed to decrease the hassle of sorting, are contaminating the recycling coming into facilities—meaning recyclable materials end up getting chucked into landfills along with trash.  Read More

New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

July 7th, 2015 - More Americans than ever have access to curbside recycling programs. But recycling in the United States has hit hard times. After years of steady growth, recycling rates have stalled at a little more than 34 percent, meaning only about a third of our total waste avoids the landfill. Meanwhile, low global commodity prices are putting a financial squeeze on recycling companies. And changes to what we put into our bins is making it more difficult to separate paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. Companies are passing costs along to cities and counties who are now shelling out cash for a service that once brought in revenue. We look at what this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States. Featuring CRI President Susan Collins CRI  Read More