All posts by Kym

U.S. Recycling Industry Responds to China’s Crackdown on Imported Trash

Posted on January 25, 2018 While most of us try to do our part by recycling regularly, we don’t always give much thought to what happens to our material once it has been collected. Uncomfortable as it may be to admit, far too many of us tend to fall back on the old adage “out of sight out of mind.”   What happens to our material once it is out of sight should concern anyone .

What is “Blister” and Why Can’t I Recycle it?

Blister containers are a type of ridged plastics which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and resin codes. These types of containers are commonly used to package berries, salad greens, eggs, cupcakes and numerous other items. It is currently less expensive for manufactures to produce these types of plastic containers using virgin materials than it is for them to use recycled products, which leaves little to no incentive for them to do so.  .

What is the Recycling Loop?

Recycling is a series of steps which create a loop: The first step begins with you when you identify a recyclable item, toss it in the appropriate bag or bin, and place those at the curb or take them to a recycling drop-off. The second step is recovering those materials. This happens when crews such as ours collect the items and transport them to a collection facility. The third step is complex.  It involves .

GJ CRI No Longer Able to Accept Blister

Posted January 25, 2018 As a result of both recent and long-term market developments, GJ CRI has been forced to join hundreds of recycling programs nationwide in revising the types of plastics collected by our program. Due to insufficient end markets, we will no longer be accepting “blister” containers, commonly known in the plastics and recycling industry as “thermoform.” Blister containers are considered ridged plastics by industry standards and come in a variety of .

Circle of Safety Award

Here at GJ CRI, we believe that our employees are of some of the finest individuals that Grand Junction has to offer and we are dedicated to their health and well-being. For the second year in a row, we are being recognized for our exemplary safety program and risk management record. 

Mobile Consumers Spur the Age of Intelligent Packaging

Posted June 23, 2017 Approximately three-quarters of Americans now own a smartphone. Most of us rely on these devices to navigate the many aspects of our daily lives.  We can send an email, schedule appointments, manage our bank accounts, check the weather and search the web anytime and, pretty much, anywhere. The age of the smartphone has transformed the way we do almost everything, including how we shop. Recent studies suggest that consumer behavior .

How to Green up Your Spring CleanUp

Posted April 13, 2017 Spring is finally here, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and, once again, it’s time for the City’s popular Spring Cleanup program. The two-week program takes place every year and helps residents get rid of yard waste and unwanted household items. It is a great time to clean out the garage, declutter your home and finish up that spring cleaning. For some, the idea of spring cleaning may seem a .

China Cracking Down on Scrap and Plastic Imports

Posted on March 15, 2017 Last month Chinese customs officials announced the launch of a new one-year campaign which will target criminal activity surrounding the imports of “foreign waste”.  The campaign, titled “National Sword 2017,” will focus on a number of imports including recyclables such as plastics and electronic waste. Although the campaign is expected to impact companies who send commingled plastics #3-#7 to China, any effects this will have on U.S. markets remain to be .

Recycled Clothing Is the Next Big Thing in The Fashion Industry

Posted on February 15, 2017 Recycled clothing is the next big thing in the fashion industry.  From hand- me- downs to that perfect vintage piece, most of us have partaken in recycled fashion at one time or another.  However, you may have noticed some of the newest trends include eco-friendly clothing and accessories made from recycled goods. As people continue to look for new ways to minimize their environmental footprint, recycled fashion is becoming .

Problem Items in the Recycling Stream

Posted on December 28, 2016 Grand Junction has some of the best recyclers in the country and, for most of us, recycling has become second nature- just another part of our daily routine. We all know why we should recycle: it saves energy, reduces pollution, creates jobs, and it’s good for our community! However, even the best recyclers can unknowingly make small, unintentional mistakes that can have big consequences. Knowing what not to toss .