Questions on recycling? You’re not alone! The recycling industry is a growing but challenging field to understand. It has near-universal impact - on consumers, producers, and end use markets - and there is often a lot of confusion over what it means to recycle and what happens to our recycled materials. Investigative reporting regularly finds flaws in the U.S. system, particularly in the wake of China’s 2018 plastic ban, where the U.S. and other countries previously exported much of our plastic waste. As the industry continues to evolve, so too must users and end use markets alike.
Dan Leif, Editor of Resource Recycling, discussed his findings on the current state of end-use markets for recycled materials, and new chemical processes that are improving the ability to have more post-consumer recycled content in raw material. Dan explains that TRUE Zero Waste projects support the recycling industry by minimizing contamination, which in turn increases landfill diversion rates. Additionally, TRUE credits that reward purchasing products and materials which contain recycled content help to support the recycling industry.
The TRUE rating system advocates for recyclable materials to achieve the highest and best use of their material value according to the zero waste hierarchy. A deeper knowledge of this hierarchy can help you work towards zero waste, achieve a higher performance, and reduce your facility’s overall waste before it’s even created.
Listen to the full conversation with Dan Leif of Resource Recycling, Inc., Jamie Kaminski of Zero Waste Canada, and Emily DeCremer of TRUE Zero Waste, moderated by Celeste McMickle of TRUE Zero Waste to get more information about TRUE’s recycling credits and the current market at the follow link:
TRUE Core Concepts: Recycling and Beyond Recorded February 11, 2020
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