Recycling industry passes new policy





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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced the release of a policy on bans and fees for recyclable paper and plastic bags approved during its July Board Meeting. The policy is in response to increased efforts across the country to ban or apply fees to such bags for grocery shopping and other purposes without taking the impacts to the recycling industry into account.

“ISRI members that recycle paper and plastic bags are quite concerned that policymakers are banning bags and creating fees without considering the real impact on recycling, and the recycling industry. No matter how good the
intentions, these policy discussions should not be made in a vacuum,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI.


“Rather than bans and fees that take away jobs and increase costs to consumers, policy makers should take advantage of the great economic and environmental opportunities associated with responsibly recycling these bags.”


The recycling industry is a pivotal player in environmental protection and sustainability. In the United States, approximately 77 percent of paper mills rely on recovered fiber to make some or all of their products thanks in part to recovered paper’s significant cost and energy savings. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 79 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. According to the U.S. EPA, plastic recycling results in significant energy savings, an estimated 50-75 million Btus/ton of material recycled. 

“Policymakers and consumers are often surprised to learn the important economic role that paper and plastic bags play in the continuous life-cycle of paper and plastic products,” said Joel Litman, president of Texas Recycling/Surplus, Inc., and ISRI’s Paper Stock Industries Chapter. “Our company is designed to recycle these bags into valuable commodity grade materials that are then sold to manufacturing plants to make finished products around the globe. This is a win-win for the local economy and the environment.” 

ISRI’s new policy also encourages retailers to provide convenient collection for plastic bags. Many retailers have convenient bag collection programs in place that provide a valuable revenue stream. Increased efforts by retailers to collect and recycle used bags will offer the convenience paper and plastic bags provide while reaping the environmental and economic benefits of recycling. In 2011, an estimated 151 million pounds of bags and sacks were collected for recycling and increased 19 percent over 2010.

ISRI’s policy states:

“Promotes a free and fair, competitive, market‐based system for the trade of recyclable materials such as paper and plastic bags.

Supports a competitive marketplace that does not restrict, direct, or interfere with the free flow of recyclable materials.

Opposes bans and fees on paper and plastic bags that are being manufactured into useful commodity grade materials and sold into viable, commercial markets without subsidies or noncompetitive, fixed pricing.

Promotes the proper recycling and economic opportunities associated with the collection, processing, and reuse in finished products such as paper and plastic bags.

Supports requiring retailers to provide convenient collection for recycling of plastic bags offered in their stores.”


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Plastic versus Paper

Plastic versus Paper

In modern environmental thinking, plastic is often touted as greater evil than paper. Their deterioration periods are always mentioned to emphasize the destructive effects they have on nature and its inhabitants, mainly on us humans:


Comparison of deterioration periods:

orange peels – 6 mos

paper – 2 to 5 mos

plastic-coated milk carton – 5 yrs

plastic bag – 20 yrs

aluminum tin cans – 50  to 100 yrs

batteries – 100 yrs

glass bottles – 1,000,000 yrs

plastic soda bottles –   forever



Attention is also brought to the obvious shortcomings of plastic, of which 40% of all that are manufactured is used for packaging:

produces chlorofluorocarbon (CFC = ozone destroyer)

produces chemical waste

takes landfill space

is non-biodegradable

kills marine life

clogs sewer pipes, leading to stagnant, standing water and associated health hazards.


It is estimated that somewhere between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are consumed throughout the world each year.



On the other hand, paper manufacture is not without its disadvantages.


Compared to plastic bag production, paper bag production creates

2 times more sulfur dioxide

3 times more carbon monoxide

6 times more dust

50 times more waste


To cite a specific example, production of plastic cups is more efficient and cleaner than the production of paper cups.

On per ton basis:     650,000   pcs  plastic cups

uses   5,000   kgs.  steam

uses   1,800   kwh  electricity

On the other hand:  100,000   pcs. paper cups

uses 10,000   kgs.  steam

uses   6,400   kwh  electricity


Comparison of the energy needed to produce an original bag

plastic bag: 594 BTUs   vs.   paper bag: 2511 BTU’s


Comparison of the energy needed to recycle a bag once

plastic bag: 17 BTUs     vs.   paper bag  1444 BTU’s


Likewise, it would take approximately seven trucks to transport the same number of paper bags as can be transported by a single truck full of plastic bags, because these are so thin and lightweight.


As a final argument, when disposed off after use, plastics generate 14 to 28 percent of the volume of trash in general, but because much of it can be compressed, only 9 to 12 percent of the volume of waste in landfills, or around 5 percent by weight.  Paper comprises 12 percent by weight of garbage dumps, and also decomposes very little in airless landfills, just the way plastics are non-biodegradable. Modern landfills are designed in such a way that nothing biodegrades, because the waste is isolated from air and water in order to prevent groundwater contamination and air pollution.


Some countries have already resorted to extreme measures in efforts to contravene the plastics onslaught. Bangladesh banned plastic bags after drains blocked by bags contributed to widespread monsoon flooding. Ireland decreased plastic bag consumption by placing a consumer tax on plastic bags. Perhaps the most strict plastic bag regulation was implemented in the Indian province of Himachal Pradesh, where people caught with plastic bags are fined 00.


In the end, most everyone can help reduce the amount of both materials, plastic and paper, by:

investing in high-quality reusable bags to eliminate the equivalent average of 1,000 bags

reusing bags that are in the house for a myriad of other purposes or intention

keeping them always ready for use in the car, office, home, or person

not asking for them when it is really not so necessary



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Why need recycle plastic?

Why need recycle plastic?

A plastic recycling line container including a container body having a bottom and a continuous sidewall. A pair of ears are positioned on the sidewall and include opposed shaped openings. A plastic handle has a connector assembly at each end including a pair of inwardly directed projections received by the openings. The projections include holding members positioned within the ears. The cross-section of the projections is shaped complementary with the ear openings ensuring that the handle can be moved to different predetermined positions.

Plastic is a resource that people use almost every day whether they realize it or not. They often eat out of plastic containers, store food in plastic ware and drink out of plastic water bottles. Children play with plastic toys and people comb their hair with plastic combs. Medicine often comes in plastic packaging, as does most other household goods. With a seemingly endless supply, what is the point of recycling it?

Earth911 asserts that recycling one ton of plastic by plastic recycling machines will save at least 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space, making room for other waste materials.Recycling plastic, instead of littering, keeps parks and gardens clean. Walking around and spotting a ton of plastic bottles lining the roadway is disconcerting and disgusting.In a down economic time, if anything adds or keeps a job, that should be reason enough to participate. Recycling plastic keeps about 1,600 recycling places in business, as stated by Earth911. These businesses not only turn recyclables back into containers, but also turn them into other things, such as toys, medicinal bottles and other plastic goods.

Earth911 estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans have access to recycling by plastic recycling lines . It is recommended to save your plastic and place it in the curbside plastic bins for municipal clean up if you live in a suburban area. Most U.S. cities require residents to recycle and most city dwellers will have a recycling area in their apartment or apartment complex. You can also gather all of your goods yourself and take them over to the local recycling area.In addition, you can conserve your plastic by purchasing less of it. Buy more glass and paper products, as these are always recycled into new packaging. You can also reuse your plastic bags and containers by washing them out and continuing to store food in them or using your plastic bags to pick up after your pets when in public areas.


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Recycling for Residents

Recycling for Residents

Are you doing your part in the recycling effort? Home recycling requires a small amount of time, yet offers significant benefit to you as a homeowner as well as helping the environment. Recycling is a great way individuals can make a difference, both locally and globally.

Did you know paper takes up the majority of landfill space, and every ton of recycled paper can go towards saving around 20 large Fir trees? Newspapers and cardboard can soon mount up, just from buying your favourite newspaper every day, shopping, and receiving mail. It’s very easy to recycle; sort them into separate piles, newspapers, cardboard, magazines and envelopes, etc. and stack them neatly.

Don’t put anything that is dirty or smelly into your recycled products as these won’t be taken, or appreciated! When you put it outside for collection make sure it is covered and can’t get wet as this is also no good when it goes to the recycling plant.

Plastic is another product that you should be recycling as it doesn’t break down in landfills, however it can be put to further use in the production of all kinds of goods. Not all plastics are recyclable, so next time you go shopping take a close look at the packaging to see if it has the symbol for recycling. Buy yourself a cloth shopping bag and stop using the plastic grocery bags provided by most stores. Also, think about where you buy your take-away food, and what it comes in; most take-away containers are made from polystyrene which doesn’t biodegrade.

Save your glass jars, bottles and containers as nearly all of them can be recycled and reused to make new items. You’ll notice at the recycling bins that glass is sorted into colours – green, brown and clear. Take off the tops, wash them out and leave the labels on, they will be removed once they arrive at the centre.

Aluminium cans are in demand for recycling, wash them out and ensure the lids are off as you don’t want any sharp edges jutting out. Flatten them and you will be able to fit in lots more. Recycling for the home doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, once the systems are in place it is simply a matter of putting the items in the right containers.

Just take a look around your home and it’s guaranteed you’ll be able to count at least 10 electronic appliances. As technology advances so does the number of electrical products we buy to make our life easier and get things done quicker. They may be making our lives easier now, however if not disposed of correctly they will cause harm to the environment, and affect the health of our children.

If you have a new laptop or computer and don’t use the old one anymore then consider giving it away. Selling it probably isn’t worth the effort but there is going to be someone out there who can’t afford their own and would appreciate a freebie. Give it to the local school, children’s home, or a charity.

Some companies will actually take away your old computers, printers and cartridges and other unwanted hardware, they may give you money or coupons that can be used for future purchases.

With people buying a new mobile phone every time an updated model comes on the market there is a big demand for recycled products; look online and you’ll find plenty of companies that will take them off your hands. They’ll either take them away for free or give you a set amount based on the model and how much the phone is still worth.

Disposing of e waste has to be taken seriously, there are companies to be found in most areas that can help you recycle your electrical products. As well as coming to your home to collect it, they’ll take it to a suitable recycling unit where it will be re-used or recycled for future use. Check out your nearest waste menagement facility for information and further advice on e-waste and skip bins Australia.

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Green Apartment Living: How to Recycle in Your Apartment

Green Apartment Living: How to Recycle in Your Apartment

Recycling is important, but first and foremost: Use less whenever possible. Don’t think you can’t make a difference by recycling… recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy required to run a TV for three hours! Before committing to recycling, here are a few, fun facts that TGM Associates would like to share that will help you understand the value of recycling.

If everyone in the US recycled a mere 1/10 of their newspaper print, 25 million trees could be saved each year.  Recycling 1 ton of paper will save 24,000 gallons of water. If every household in the US replaced 1 roll of 1000 sheet bathroom tissues with 100% recyclable rolls, we could save 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water.

Recycling in an apartment complex is easy to do. Simply follow these steps:

This should soon turn into a natural habit, as instinctive as breathing! Your recyclable containers will include: glass bottles and jars, pop cans, juice and food cans (empty and rinse cans to discourage animal visitors), aerosol cans, empty paint and spray cans, plastic bottles and jugs,  tubs & lids, clean aluminum foil, plates and pans. If you’re unable to determine whether an item is recyclable, simply look at the label; there should be the standard recycling symbol, which will often have some type of information along with the symbol saying that the entire product is recyclable or that only specific parts can be recycled. Bring your recyclables down in a carry bin.  These can be paper bags, cardboard boxes, laundry baskets, etc. NO plastic bags in the recycling carts as plastic bags contaminate the recyclables. Take the recyclables to the “recycling station” in your building. It will normally consist of separate carts, usually located where the garbage is dropped off.

Easy and fun tips to try when recycling from your apartment:

Join Freecycle to give away unwanted household items. Expand your awareness and educate yourself about recycling so that the process becomes more efficient over time. Fertilize plants with crushed egg shells. If you’re buying bottled water, buy it in large jugs instead of individual serving-sized containers; you can do this with juice and sodas, too. Remember to bring your cloth reusable bags every time you go to the store.

Most apartments should have a recycling program in conjunction with trash pick-up.  If not, you can do one of two things:  You can organize a recycling program by getting your neighbor’s involved. Or, use cardboard boxes in your apartment to collect recyclables – consider one box for newspapers, another for glass, cans and plastic bottles, and a third for mixed paper (cereal boxes, cardboard, envelopes, white paper, catalogs, etc.). Bring your recyclables to your closest recycling center. (But, don’t waste gas! Combine it with a trip you are making anyway.)

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What is Recycling Plastic Bottles?

What is Recycling Plastic Bottles?

Global warming is one of the major environmental issues today. One of the main causes is the plastic waste. Therefore, it will be highly recommended to reduce the amount of the plastic waste through recycling process.

If you do care about environment, you can recycle the plastic waste around you. By doing this, you can support the environment-friendly policies made by the government in your country. Although it is only a small thing you can do for your environment, you will be able to create some differences to your environment.

As a matter of fact, there are a lot of wastes from plastics which need thousand years to get totally decomposed. In other words, they will remain as threatening waste for your environment. For this case, the Environmental Protection Agency of the US targets to recycle the waste in the nations including plastic waste.

For the household, they can start recycling the plastic bottles through drop-off centers, grocery store drop bins, and also the curbside recycling. You can recognize whether the plastic is recyclable by seeing the number in the base of the bottles. You can call the nearby recycling center or the public work departments for a help. You can ask them whether the plastic can be recycled or not.

There are a lot of benefits you can take from recycling the plastic bottles. The first benefit you can take is that it can help you save energy. By recycling the polyethylene terephthalate in the plastic bottle, you will be able to save the heat energy. In addition, the energy spent for creating new products from recycling process is lesser than for creating the fresh and new one.

It can also help you save the landfill space. Plastic waste can use up the landfill space. Therefore, recycling them will be a great idea. It can help you save the landfill space about .4 cubic yards. You can also make money from this process. Today, the demand for the recycled product is exceeding the supply. You can use this chance to make more money.

By using recycled product, you can also help to save the environment. Generally, plastics are created through injection molding process including rapid injection molding. You can find some more information about it at injection molding equipment


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