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New video highlights growing interest in technologies that transform waste into energy

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has released a new video that provides a quick overview and some compelling statistics about the benefits of recovering energy from waste. “Don’t Trash Our Energy” explains that energy recovery is happening right now in 86 facilities in 25 states across the U.S. and that emerging technologies in this area [...]

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Could waste-to-energy become our country’s cleanest source of electricity?

A former top science advisor thinks it can. For the last 28 years, a waste-to-energy facility in Alexandria, Virginia, has processed trash from the surrounding community. A few years ago, the U.S. Capitol began sending its waste –about 5,000 tons every year – to the same facility, Covanta Alexandria/Arlington, Inc., producing enough additional electricity to [...]

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New York City reconsiders recycling; kudos to Mayor Bloomberg

An op ed in Tuesday’s New York Times praised Mayor Bloomberg for expanding New York City’s recycling program to include, among other items, rigid plastics, such as toys, yogurt cups and plastic forks and knives. Reversing New York’s decade long drop in recycling rates is a worthy goal that will improve the quality of life [...]

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Cleveland evaluates integrated energy generation and recycling project

We noted with interest last week that the city of Cleveland is evaluating options for the development of an integrated waste management center that likely would include both recycling and energy recovery technologies. The story comes via Waste Management World, which writes that Cleveland has explored a variety of innovative technologies, including thermal conversion, pyrolysis, [...]

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Recycling of rigid plastics achieves major milestone

Here’s a Hint: There’s a Good Chance You Can Recycle them in Your Area This week, there’s much good news to report on the recycling of rigid plastics, a category that includes cups, tubs and containers as well as larger items like toys and laundry baskets. According to new data, recycling of rigid plastics (excluding [...]

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Plastic film recycling reaches 1 billion pounds annually

It’s always encouraging to see that Americans are recycling more of the materials they use every day, so we were pleased to see that plastic film recycling — the category of plastic recycling that includes plastic bags, product wraps and commercial shrink film — has grown so dramatically in just six years. According to a [...]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… and Recover

Most of us have heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and today more and more voices are adding a fourth “R” to the mix to help ensure our nation’s energy future: Recover. As in recovering energy from waste. All four “Rs” play a key role in the U.S. EPA’s waste management hierarchy, and according to [...]

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For Sweden, trash equals cash

Waste not, want not. Or so the expression goes. It’s conventional wisdom, logical and time tested. After all, we learned it from our parents and grandparents. And it’s what makes Sweden’s current waste management situation so interesting. Like many nations around the globe, Sweden deploys a combination of recycling and conversion technologies that work together [...]

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Download the all-new Bin It app and get rewarded for recycling

Last year when we decided to create Bin It!, the recycling game for iPhone and iPad, we were looking to combine the entertainment value of a colorful, visual, fun mobile app with useful information about plastics recycling to help people really connect with and get excited about recycling. The initial launch was so well received [...]

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University of Texas-Austin study demonstrates potential of engineered fuel

Last week, Dr. Michael Webber of the University of Texas at Austin together with ACC released a recent study that reaffirms the potential of everyday waste as an abundant, affordable and domestic energy source (press release, full study). Dr. Webber’s study included a pilot project in which his team used an engineered fuel created by [...]

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