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How do you measure your materials?
European Union set to adopt circular economy regulations
Opinions vary widely on the best tactic to record a program’s diversion progress. An expert recommends returning to the basics with a relatively simple calculation that shows areas for improvement.
"Data expert ranks recycling metrics," by Colin Staub at Resource Recycling.
What about lead in building demolitions? A podcast
This Radio Public podcast visits Detroit to explore the continuing danger of lead in buildings being taken down. Listen here.
China drafts regs to ban import of "solid waste"
Colin Staub in Resource Recycling gives a heads up that China may stop importing recyclables altogether in the near future. Policies implemented earlier this year raised quality requirements for imported recyclables, but the new regulations could ban import of all recyclables. U.S. recycling markets were already dealing with the earlier restrictions, so we watch the new developments with great interest. Read more.
Colleges get creative for reuse of dorm leftovers
Environmental News Bits points us to a Boston Globe article which find students and colleges recovering end-of-year dorm leftovers for reuse, and often getting them back in the hands of students. Read more.
New regulations will require EU nations to step up their recycling and product stewardship. See article at letsrecycle.com here
Contamination in recycling is a big challenge
In the article "The recycling game is rigged against you," author Faye Flam talks about how the recycling system itself creates a likelihood of contamination, then argues that this system will need to change in order to make recycling of materials more effective. See the article
Got recycled paint?
Latex paint recycling is taking off around the country as states wrestle with how to manage paint waste and recycling options improve. Learn more here
at this article from waste360.
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