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Is Your Recycling Program At Odds With Your Sustainability Goals?

Posted by Michael J. Daley on 9/7/2015 to Press Releases
Very possibly, if your hauler relies on commingled collection. That is the rapidly growing and highly popular practice of allowing users to throw all recyclables into a single collection bin. A brief survey of the global discussion reveals a vigorous debate in the recycling community about the relative merits of commingling versus traditional separated or dual stream collection. Advocates of commingling claim it dramatically increases recyclables collection rates and lowers waste management costs while opponents point to downstream effects such as degraded material quality and contamination rates leading to excess landfilling.

A Recycling Law That Feeds People? How Does That Work?

Posted by Jessie Haas on 9/1/2015 to Press Releases
Actually, it shouldn't be surprising, especially if you read Act 148, the universal recycling law passed unanimously the state of Vermont in 2012. How It Works Act 148 ratchets up a requirement for generators of food "waste" to start composting, starting in 2014 with institutions that generate 104 tons a year.

How Green is Your Campus - Do Students Care?

Posted by Michael J. Daley on 8/24/2015 to Press Releases

Soon a new class of students will be on their way to college campuses around the nation. They'll come with their drink cups and water bottles and deli containers and a heightened awareness of climate change issues. Will they be satisfied with the quality of life they find on campus?

Not if there isn't a recycling bin handy when they sip the last sip, or the latest LED lighting isn't installed in their desk lamps, a recent survey suggests. In fact, 61% of them might feel disappointed enough to go elsewhere.

Recycle Away and Carton Council of North America Donate Recycling Containers to Increase Milk and Juice Carton Recycling in New York City Schools

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 5/1/2015 to Press Releases

Milk and juice cartons have a simple, classic design that has been part of daily life for generations. To prevent them from ending up in landfills, Recycle Away is partnering with the Carton Council of North America to donate recycling containers to New York City Schools.

More than 600 specially designed milk and juice carton recycling containers are being provided to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for distribution to multiple schools throughout the five boroughs. The purpose of this donation is to help expand the schools' recycling efforts, making it easier for students and faculty to recycle and bringing greater awareness to the importance of recycling.

Happy Earth Day!

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 4/22/2015 to Public Education

Today, April 22nd, marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Do you remember what you were doing when Earth Day began in 1970? Earth Day in 1970 "capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center", stated Earth Day.org. Fast forward 45 years and what you have today, is a global movement recognizing the importance of Mother Nature, the fight for a clean environment and showing respect for the conservation of our planet. Earth Day is a wonderful time to celebrate our beloved planet and raise awareness of the need to respect, protect and love it. Not only is it celebrated in the United States, it's now become one of the most nationally recognized events in the world.

Public Space Recycling: The Importance of Designing A Successful Program

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 4/14/2015 to Public Space Recycling

Michael Alexander, President of Recycle Away, attended the The National Facilities Management and Technology Conference in Baltimore, Maryland last month and had the pleasure of speaking at the conference on the topic of sustainability and how to "Design Successful Public Space Recycling Programs." Michael was accompanied by Alec Cooley, the Director of Recycling Programs for Keep America Beautiful which is the nation's largest leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities. Together they spoke about the benefits of successful recycling programs that can incorporate the best new practices in public space recycling and how placement, label messaging, bin color and other design tactics can help you design and execute winning recycling programs.

Crashing Oil Prices: How It's Affecting Recycling Efforts Across The Globe

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 4/10/2015 to Public Education

Have you ever thought that oil prices and recycling could have a connection? Since recent oil prices have significantly dropped, it's putting a crunch on the recycling industry. As crude oil prices continue to crash, the result makes it cheaper for plastic companies to use new or virgin materials versus the goods you can recycle. Recycled plastics prices are extremely low, and for some waste management companies or local government affiliates, they are now having to pay to have their materials removed.

Vermont Based Company Call2Recycle Regulates A Plan For The Collection & Recycling Of Single-Use Batteries

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 4/3/2015 to Public Education

Vermont once again made the news this week, as non-profit organization Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest battery stewardship program will submit to Vermont regulators, a plan for the collection and recycling of single-use batteries. The non-profit group announced "it had been selected by battery producers to represent them in complying with the nation's first mandatory take-back law for single-use batteries."

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