Contamination in the Marketplace August 2014 According to this month’s issue of Resource Recycling, the level of contamination in materials collected for recycling continues to be a challenge for U.S. reclaimers, those buying and processing that material for end use. In his article, Mike Verespej reveals that, “In recent years, the percentage of usable material in bales purchased by plastics reclaimers has been dropping, often to shocking levels.” By the time the material has .
Plastic debris continues to threaten the worlds oceans, marine life, birds and wildlife. In the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean there exists the North Pacific Gyre. A slow moving, spiral of currents full of trash, millions of pounds the majority of it being plastic. Essentially it is the world’s largest landfill adrift in the middle of the ocean. There are five such gyre spanning the world’s oceans collecting refuse from every continent. .
American Recycler News provides a report with statistics on the waste and recycling stream performed by the EPA. http://americanrecycler.com/8568759/index.php/news/waste-news/198-recycling-steady-waste-stream-lighter Americans are increasingly proud to recycle!! In this article appearing November 2013, from the PRNewswire website, a recent survey indicates that 4 out of 5 Americans say they feel a sense of pride when they recycle. It also finds that recycling participation rates are on the increase. Still, more recycling options are needed for people .
Recycling and the benefits it can have on the economy Here are just a few articles that contain some very useful facts for the benefits of recycling. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/01/31/recycling-the-economy-turning-trash-into-cash/ http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-benefits.html
Plastic recycling #3-7 China has initiated Operation Green Fence, inspecting loads of recyclables coming into their ports and rejecting those that contain waste. This has dramatically impacted the U.S. plastics and paper markets. Recycling companies in the U.S. which collect plastics #3-7 have suddenly found themselves scrambling for an end market, as few exist in the United States for these plastics. GJ CRI only accepts plastics for which it has strong U.S. markets (currently .