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Recycling

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Process of using scrap materials (recyclable fractions e.g. plastic, glass, metal, etc.) from waste to make new products. The number of times one material can be recycled depends on the material’s properties. Currently, there are many proven technologies that successfully recycle different materials. The recycling rate depends on the education and the habits of citizens to separate different recyclable materials at their homes as well as the capacity of the waste management system to provide efficient collection and to process the collected recyclables.

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Recycling on the US–Mexico border Last Updated on 2012-05-24 04:16:41   by Martin Medina on May 16, 2012 The United States (US)–Mexico border is one of few places in the world where a developed country has a common border with a developing country. The US economy is 25 times larger than Mexico’s and US income per capita is nearly 10 times that of Mexico, according to the World Bank.  This economic disparity has created an intense flow of goods across the border in both directions, including recyclable materials, such as cardboard and aluminum. The markets for recyclable materials in both countries differ markedly. In the US, the supply of recyclables usually exceeds domestic demand, while it is the opposite in Mexico. While the US has thousands of local recycling programs, Mexico has few. Mexican industry shows a strong demand for recyclables due to significant differences in prices for virgin... More »
Companies rethink recycling - Shifting economics, consumer values make it an attractive option Last Updated on 2012-04-09 05:06:45 Read Full Article by Stephanie Strom on The Bulletin   Brushing your teeth with a yogurt container? Wiping your mouth with a coffee cup? You might be doing both, as a result of a new trend in recycling, courtesy of the manufacturers who make the original products. A growing number of large food and beverage companies in the United States are assuming the costs of recycling their packaging after consumers are finished with it, a responsibility long imposed on packaged goods companies in Europe and, more recently, in parts of Asia, Latin America and Canada. Several factors are converging to make what is known as “extended producer responsibility” more attractive and, perhaps, more commonplace in the United States. “Local governments are literally going broke and so are looking for ways to shift the costs of recycling off onto someone, and... More »
An International Tour of Packaging Recycling Systems Last Updated on 2012-04-09 04:52:46 Read the Full Article by Elizabeth Schoch on GreenBlue.Org Blog   Lately I have been feeling like a character in one of the children’s novels I have loved and reread numerous times over the years. Maybe it’s Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth, or perhaps Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The central plot of these books features an average person transported to a fantasy world for a series of adventures each more fantastic, silly, puzzling, absurd, or amazing than the next. Oh, and of course the main character always learns important lessons along the way. After almost four years of research and writing about what happens to packaging when we consumers are done using it, I have traveled the world and encountered packaging recovery systems of all shapes, sizes, flavors, and textures. The result of all this travel is my... More »
No single recycling solution for consumer packaging Last Updated on 2012-04-09 04:44:13 Read this Full Article by Gordon Hamilton in Vancouver Sun   Consumer packaging is going to be the next big front in the drive to conserve resources and reduce waste, a Globe 2012 panelist said Thursday. Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the California Product Stewardship Council, said packaging is becoming a huge concern among consumers. “There’s a lot of interest. Large groups like the National Resources Defense Council and ocean litter groups are all very interested in this issue because of the amount of waste in the United States. We have a 30-per-cent recovery rate while other countries are up to 90 per cent.” She said it’s going to take discussion between packaging producers, product manufacturers and retailers to develop solutions that work and can be revenue generators. Either start talking now, or be legislated, she... More »
Tips for Closed Loop Product Design Last Updated on 2012-03-29 04:10:17 An Article from PaperSpecs.com   All too often, the two ends of the packaging supply chain—the packaging designers and the recyclers—do not communicate effectively with each other. “One of the barriers to effective communication along the packaging supply chain is the lack
 of informational resources explaining how design decisions affect recyclability,” says GreenBlue, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable. The result of this poor communication? Non-recyclable packaging is created, material resources are sent to landfill, and a closed-loop system is never realized. GreenBlue’s effort to fill this information and communications gap is a data-packed, 66-page report called “Closing the Loop: Design for Recovery Guidelines for Paper Packaging.” So if... More »