US/Canada Waste Market Review

US/Canada Waste Market Review

This is to proof that there are several companies that are participating in plastic circling/recycling avoiding the “traditional approach” via using the waste management/landfills etc. 


“The Recycling Partnership” 

An NGO in VA

Companies that are participating in this program:


Alpek Polyester - one of the companies that this NGO is partnering up.


“The City of Atlanta is eager to work with partners like The Recycling Partnership to design a more sustainable future for our community and our country.” - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms”

2) Leading the charge is Ohio. Through collaboration and shared investment, the Buckeye State is providing six grants totaling nearly $211,000 to Akron, Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fairfield and Lorain, which represent four different geographically placed major MRFsheds within Ohio. The grants will be used to activate a comprehensive education and outreach strategy developed by The Partnership to decrease the amount of trash in curbside recycling programs, while increasing how much Ohioans recycle. Joining forces for the two-year project are the Ohio EPA, cities, communities, solid waste management districts (SWMDs), material recovery facilities (MRFs), including Waste Management of Akron, Republic Services of Oberlin, Rumpke of Columbus and Rumpke of Cincinnati, and The Recycling Partnership. It’s anticipated that more than 105,000 households will benefit from these efforts and the MRFshed-focused anti contamination project will serve as a model to replicate statewide.


3) Thanks to a combined $2.8 million grant from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and The Recycling Partnership with support from Love Beauty and Planet’s Carbon Tax Fund, Metro Nashville will finally be able to move recycling collection from monthly to every other week by early 2020, affecting more than 139,000 households. Grant dollars will be used to buy 16 new collection vehicles, provide 8,000 additional recycling carts to households and roll-out a jurisdiction-wide education and outreach campaign to help Nashville significantly increase its capture of recyclables and reduce its waste. “We’re thrilled to contribute proceeds from our Carbon Tax Fund to support the transformation of recycling in the city of Nashville and The Recycling Partnership’s work across the country to help Americans recycle more and recycle better,” says Molly Landman, Global Brand Director for Love Beauty and Planet.


4) “Thank you to The Recycling Partnership for helping engage our community on the return of glass to the recycling stream. Working together, Houstonians are learning how to recycle more, better.” 


Glass is back in Houston along with a brand-new FCC MRF. As part of a larger effort by Mayor Sylvester Turner to protect the environment and positively impact climate change, Turner oversaw the FCC contract for the new state-of-the-art 100,000-squarefoot facility that will add 100 jobs to the Houston economy. The Recycling Partnership collaborated with the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Department around the ribbon cutting of the new MRF, which was the impetus for glass returning to the recycling stream. In addition to outreach to residents at Earth Day Houston — an event that celebrated the environment in downtown Houston and reached 5,000 Houston residents — The Partnership implemented a digital advertising campaign on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, including a Glass is Back video, that has delivered more than 2.5 million impressions to date. 

Conclusion

“To date, The Partnership has researched and interviewed more than 100 cities and all 50 states’ recycling offices to identify their multifamily recycling program needs. We’re also working with the National Apartment Association Network and several large property owners. With a dedicated multifamily grant fund of over $1.5 million dollars for 2019 and 2020, The Partnership will kick off at least two multifamily programs in major cities by the end of the year with support from the PepsiCo Foundation. Additional funding is also being used to improve multifamily and university recycling in Atlanta, Georgia and Auburn, Alabama through a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation”


That means that waste management companies are opened to collaborate and partner up… but they are doing this with an NGO… Something to think about the legal entity of our project… maybe it will need to be an NGO rather than a regular company?  


NYC Recycling Instructions


TOMRA - Reverse vending machines/material recovery


What is closed-loop recycling?
Closed-loop recycling is the process that ensures certain products are collected, recycled and repurposed into the same product, once its initial use is no longer required.

When it comes to beverage containers, closed-loop recycling ensures that valuable materials, such as plastic, aluminum and glass, are continually recycled back into bottles and cans, rather than being landfilled, littered or 'downcycled' into lower quality materials. 

This way of reimagining recycling is best implemented through reverse vending machines, which see drink containers returned through an incentivized deposit return scheme. Around 40 markets around the globe have already adopted deposit return schemes and experience return rates of up to 98%

How does closed-loop recycling work?
When we collect recyclable materials, transform them into a new product and put them back into consumer circulation, we are forming a recycling ‘loop’. Despite appearing to be a single-use item, a discarded plastic bottle can actually be broken down and processed back into the same standard of plastic bottle, meaning it doesn’t get downcycled or thrown away. This removes the need to extract valuable resources to make a completely new one.

Closed-loop recycling goes beyond simply reusing resources and protecting the environment. It also enables high-quality material to remain in circulation and ensures that there is a demand for this material. 

What is the impact of ‘downcycling’?
‘Downcycling’ is the common practice of recycling a material to create a new product at a lower quality and functionality than its original state, meaning it usually can't be recycled again. Although it is a way for plastics to get used again, it is not a particularly sustainable method as the recycled product often reaches the end of its life at this stage due to its lower quality status. 

It is far more beneficial and sustainable for plastic containers to go back into the production of new plastic containers, helping to reduce the amount of lower quality material going back into circulation and the reliance on raw materials. 

How does reverse vending enable closed-loop recycling?
Reverse vending machines are key to enabling closed-loop recycling, as they make the process simple and accessible to everyone. Consumers simply return their drinks containers to a reverse vending machine and the automated sensor technology collects, sorts and handles the used containers for recycling or reuse.

Using a reverse vending machine removes beverage containers from the general household waste stream, ensuring that they aren’t exposed to contaminants like broken glass, food or newspaper ink. This separation keeps the container material pure and ensures it is of high enough quality to be used again and again in the production of new bottles and cans.

The benefits of closed-loop recycling
There are several benefits to a more circular approach to plastic and container recycling. Not only is it the most sustainable way of manufacturing new bottles and cans, it also ensures longevity for our natural resources, preserving them to minimize our impact on the planet.

It reduces the number of containers going to landfill, littering our streets and polluting our oceans. Closed-loop recycling, achieved through the use of reverse vending machines, can significantly boost consumer recycling rates.

It also generates a number of ‘green’ jobs, enhancing the sustainability economy and ultimately raising awareness of the benefits of, and increasing the need for recycling. Closed-loop recycling has the potential to create jobs across the world in coming years, if we all commit to creating an environment that supports recycling.

TOMRA’s vision for ‘clean’ loop recycling
Being at the forefront of cutting-edge recycling technology for more than 45 years, TOMRA is leading the resource revolution. We are pioneering the idea of clean-loop recycling, the most efficient and effective process for recycling beverage containers in the world today. Beverage containers recycled through a deposit return scheme are collected and sorted by reverse vending machines, removing the risk of contamination from other types of waste. This means that the containers can maintain their food-grade status and can be recycled into new drinks containers, in a never-ending cycle of use and reuse, reducing the need to extract more natural resources from our environment and preventing waste from ending up in our oceans.