This ad will close in 15 sec
Tags
Industry News

ISRI survey indicates brands and government can help improve recycling behaviour

Latest U.S. poll suggests recycling needs to be made easier for waste generators

While traditionally the effort to increase recycling rates has focused on education and awareness, a new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) suggests action by brands and government may play a significant role as well. The poll revealed two-thirds (66%) of Americans agree that "if a product is not easy/convenient for me to recycle, I probably would not recycle it." The poll also provides insights into ways these two sectors can better drive recycling.

 "Understanding what is recyclable and what is not, can be confusing," said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. "The easier it is for people to understand if a product is recyclable, the more likely it is to make its way to the recycling stream. This includes not only making products that are easy to recycle through design for recycling and product labeling, but making recycling convenient through collection efforts."
 
In addition to finding significance in the ease and convenience of recycling an item, the survey provided the following takeaways for brand owners:
 
• The vast majority of Americans would like to see manufacturers and/or retailers display a "Recycling Guide" label on products (similar to the Energy Guide label on appliances) that would detail the parts and percentage of the product that could be recycled and how (81%). Having this information more prominent may help Americans consider these aspects of their product when making a purchase - or it could also encourage recycling of the product or package when disposing of it.

• Younger Americans (aged 18-34) are more likely to consider the products packaging than older Americans (over 34) - including whether or not the packaging can be recycled (17%/11%), what the package is made of (16%/9%) and whether the package is made from recycled materials (16%/8%). This could be an important aspect for brands targeting the purchasing power of millennials.
 
"Promoting recycling goes far beyond corporate social responsibility for brands," said Wiener. "This survey reveals that clearly indicating a products recyclability, as well as, the use of recyclable packaging could have a positive impact on a brand's bottom line. This makes good economic sense and is a win for the environment."
 
The survey also found government can also set an example for Americans by prioritizing recyclable materials. In fact, four in five Americans (80%) agree that governments at all levels should prioritize the use of recyclable products/material when making purchasing decisions. Recycling is demand driven, and thus increasing the use of recyclable materials in manufacturing is critical to the success of recycling. This is also an important takeaway for brands participating in the government procurement process.
 
The study also found 86% of U.S. adults agree recycling collection sites need to be more readily accessible to consumers. The survey also looked at American's attitudes towards curbside collection programs. Detailed results are available online.
 
Survey Methodology
 This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of ISRI from September 17-19, 2018 among 2,003 U.S. adults. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Company Info

  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

    1615 L Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington , DC
    US , 20036

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ISRI represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

    Read more

Latest News

Tags
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling

​Canada Fibers awarded contracts to design, build and operate two technologically advanced recycling facilities

​Canada Fibers awarded contracts to design, build and operate two technologically advanced recycling facilities

Canada Fibers Limited (CFL) has been awarded two contracts to design, build and operate advanced single-stream post-consumer Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Peel, Ontario.  The Company is constructing an 80 thousand square foot greenfield facility in Winnipeg and is retrofitting the Region of Peel's existing MRF.  Both projects involve advancements to recovery technologies in response to increasingly rigorous quality standards from industries utilizing post-consumer recyclable materials. 

Read More

Tags
C&D Recycling
Legislation & Regulations

LEED changes a boost for C&D

LEED changes a boost for C&D

Construction and demolition (C&D) materials are hefty. It is why we can so effectively build roads, bridges and buildings out of them. It's also why, by weight, they are the most significant material in the North American waste stream. This creates a challenge for recycling, as it's usually too expensive, in terms of ROI, to ship most recovered C&D end products, including wood, concrete, drywall, asphalt, and asphalt shingles.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

The Global Recycling Foundation looks at the best recycled fashion ahead of London Fashion Week

The Global Recycling Foundation urges London Fashion Week, and the fashion industry as a whole, to promote the importance of recycling in the industry by recognising the brands doing it best. It is also encouraging Fashionistas, as well as people around the world, to support Global Recycling Day on 18th March 2019 in helping to sustain a green circular economy for the future of our planet.

With London Fashion Week around the corner (15th - 19th February), the Global Recycling Foundation is calling on the fashion industry to champion recycling by shining a spotlight on the brands already leading the way on recycled fashion. It's also calling on the industry to support Global Recycling Day, taking place on 18th March 2019. 

Read More

Tags
C&D Recycling
Solid Waste

​Rubicon Global and State Farm Arena divert nearly 12 tons of waste from landfills

​Rubicon Global and State Farm Arena divert nearly 12 tons of waste from landfills

Rubicon Global, the Atlanta-based technology company that provides waste, recycling and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide, has successfully diverted nearly 12 tons of waste destined for landfills from State Farm Arena during last week's festivities in Atlanta, Georgia. This waste was generated as a result of five events being held at the State Farm Arena leading up to and in support of the ‘Big Game.'  

Read More

Tags
C&D Recycling

Using recycled aggregates for roadbuilding is the way of the future – time for many to catch up

Recycling concrete and asphalt from roadways keeps the material out of landfills and is a green alternative to using virgin aggregates for new roads.

Municipalities are responsible for the care and maintenance of vast amounts of roadway, from alleys to highways. When those roads are repaired or replaced, there's the potential to generate a significant amount of aggregate material - concrete and asphalt removed from the old surface that must be dealt with.

Read More

Tags
Shows & Events

New ST80T stacker from McCloskey takes the stage at AGG1/World of Asphalt

The ST80T Radial’s unique tool free transport design allows the equipment to move freely from site to site without needing to remove the wheels, delivering true portability for multi-site projects and operations.

AGG1/World of Asphalt visitors received a first look at McCloskey International's new tracked radial stacker - the ST80T Radial - that allows operators to switch from tracked to wheel in minutes. 

Read More

Tags
Paper Recycling
Plastics Recycling

Machinex and Canada Fibers partnership to result in two of the most technologically advanced single-stream facilities in North America

Stephen Miranda of Canada Fibers and Jonathan Ménard of Machinex at the Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility where the two companies are collaborating on a major retrofit in 2019.

Toronto-based Canada Fibers Ltd. (CFL) is building two single-stream recycling facilities in 2019 that will include the most advanced, high-tech fibre and plastics sorting and recovery systems in Canada. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, a completely new 30-tonnes-per-hour facility (approximately 80,000 square feet) is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fall. In the Region of Peel, Ontario, the existing Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility MRF, owned by the Region, will be retrofitted for 31.5-tonnes-per-hour capacity, with the updated facility (approximately 85,000 square feet) scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020. 

Read More

Tags
Paper Recycling

Both good and bad news for OCC and recovered paper exporters to start 2019

Both good and bad news for OCC and recovered  paper exporters to start 2019

The good news for recovered paper exporters as the calendar flipped to another new year was China's issuance of almost six million short tons worth of import licenses in December. The first batch of permits issued by China's Ministry of the Environment, covering about 5.5 million tons, was more than double the amount of recovered paper allowed by China's first batch a year earlier.

Read More

Tags
C&D Recycling
Wood Recycling

Ecowaste Industries to add to C&D materials transfer and MRF capacity

Ecowaste Industries to add to C&D materials transfer and MRF capacity

Ecowaste Industries operates the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond, B.C. where they accept inert refuse, mainly from construction and demolition activities. This material is renewed into products such as compost, bark mulch and crushed concrete for sale. At the end of 2018, Ecowaste Industries Ltd. acquired the operating assets and facilities of Urban Wood Recycling and Smithers Enterprises, both based in Vancouver.  The transaction was approved by both parties on November 21, 2018 and the sale closed on December 31, 2018. Since the start of the year, Ecowaste has been accepting Urban and Smithers customers at the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond. 

Read More

Tags
Fleets & Technology
Solid Waste

Compology’s in-dumpster cameras and Contamination Score provide path to sustainable, efficient waste collection

Jason Gates, Compology founder and CEO.

Compology, based in San Francisco, got its start in the fall of 2013, with its first camera-based container monitoring system deployed in 2014 at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The system is designed to monitor container fullness and automate the process of container pickups between waste generators and haulers. Today, about a fifth of Compology's business is in Canada, with the remainder in the U.S.

Read More

Tags
Industry News
Metals Recycling

International law enforcement recognizes recyclers as partners in effort to reduce metals theft

International law enforcement recognizes recyclers as partners in effort to reduce metals theft

As a sign of both the need to reduce metal theft, and its strong working relationship with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and other recyclers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police recently passed a resolution calling on law enforcement agencies to recognize recyclers as partners, use tools such as ScrapTheftAlert.com, and utilize resources developed by ISRI. 

Read More

Tags
Industry News

SWANA announces 2019 award winners

The presentations will be made on February 26th during the SWANApalooza conference in Boston.

The Technical Divisions of the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) have voted to recognize two outstanding members and a company for achievement, volunteer efforts and leadership in 2019.  Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards are being presented to Michelle Leonard and Ivan Cooper.  Interior Removal Specialists Inc. will receive the Sustainable Materials Management Award.

Read More

Tags
Plastics Recycling
Solid Waste

Greenpeace supports NDP’s call to feds on single-use plastics ban

In response to the NDP's Waste Reduction Strategy announcement today calling for a ban of single-use plastics across Canada by 2022, a commitment for plastic packaging reduction targets, and strong, enforceable Extended Producer Responsibility legislation that holds companies accountable, Sarah King, Head of Greenpeace Canada's Oceans & Plastics Campaign, said:

Read More

Tags
Electronics Recycling

​Sony Electronics receives e-Stewards Enterprise designation

Sony Electronics has joined as a member of a growing number of e-Stewards Enterprise companies. These corporations and institutions are committed to using the most globally responsible recycling companies that are certified to the e-Stewards standard. The e-Stewards standard disallows exporting hazardous electronic waste to developing countries and employs the most rigorous criteria to prevent data breaches from discarded hardware. Besides being a leading manufacturer of consumer electronic products, Sony Electronics is committed to designing with the environment in mind and helping to eliminate externalities throughout the supply and disposal chains. Beyond its efforts with regards to recycling, Sony's vision is to aim for a zero environmental footprint by 2050 to conserve resources and curb climate change. 

Read More

Tags
Industry News
Paper Recycling

Balcones Resources celebrates 25 years in business

Balcones Resources celebrated its 25th anniversary in business this month, growing from a small Austin-based paper recycler to a comprehensive environmental services company with facilities in Austin, Dallas and Little Rock. Balcones marked the milestone with a reception featuring a presentation of $25,000 in total donations to five Austin-area environmental organizations: EcoRise, Hill Country Conservancy, Keep Austin Beautiful, Shoal Creek Conservancy and Waller Creek Conservancy.

Read More

Tags
Textiles Recycling

Cintas partners with JW Marriott hotels to launch apparel collection and garment recycling program

Cintas Corporation has announced its collaboration with JW Marriott, part of Marriott International, Inc., which will debut a new collection of wardrobe essentials across 51 of the brand's hotels worldwide. In addition to the new collection launch, JW Marriott properties in the U.S. will participate in a unique garment-recycling program managed by Cintas that responsibly reuses the brand's retired uniform line.  

Read More

Tags
Composting

Tidy Planet ships Rocket Composter to island in Paris's River Seine for large-scale food waste composting project

Organic waste expert Tidy Planet has expanded its globally-acclaimed range of Rocket Composters, with the creation of the B1400 - a machine specially commissioned for its French distributor, Les Alchimistes' large-scale composting project in the middle of the River Seine.  The French social enterprise is dedicated to increasing the value of food wastes on a localised and social scale - with community reintegration at the heart of its projects - collecting the food waste stream by bicycle, from supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels, from across the French capital. 

Read More