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January 2018

China’s waste import ban upends global recycling industry

By | January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

In 2015, the US shipped more than 16 million tonnes of scrap commodities to China worth more than $5.2 billion.  The decrease will be partly due to a fall in the threshold of impurities China is willing to accept per tonne of waste—higher standards that most countries currently cannot meet. In the US, collectors of recyclables are [...]

Chandler recycling companies give old clothes ‘a second life

By | January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Nearly 4 million pounds of clothing bales extend in every direction at Phoenix Fibers’ massive warehouse on Ray Road and Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The recycling center, housing an assortment of garments such as old denim jeans, unwanted clothing and prison jumpsuits is already out of space, according to Steve Johnson, the plant manager. Four million [...]

August 2016

Recycled Paint is Available

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Home improvement thrift store, Stardust Building Supplies, is the first in the Phoenix Metro area to carry GreenSheen paint, a premium eco-friendly latex paint made by a Colorado-based paint disposal and recycling company. Available at all three of Stardust’s Valley locations, including Glendale, GreenSheen paint is sold at just $16 for a one-gallon can and [...]

Wind “Trees” with a Modern Flair

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One wind turbine "tree" has the look of modern art while providing enough electricity to power an average house of 4. While its initial price tag of $37k is expensive, production costs will lessen when they are mass produced.    

June 2016

Phoenix City Goals

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Two years ago, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced an ambitious goal: The city would more than double the amount of trash it diverts from landfills and into recycling facilities by 2020. The goal was ambitious for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Phoenix has had overall landfill diversion [...]

Aluminum Can Fraud

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Two men from the Los Angeles area will spend time in jail and pay $1.25 million in restitution to theCalifornia Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for operating multistate recycling fraud rings from two storage facilities in South Gate, California. CalRecycle says a five-month investigation has revealed the men used the storage facilities as [...]

April 2016

City of Phoenix Recycling Difficulties

By | April 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

When recycling contains too many of the wrong materials, such as plastic shopping bags or pizza boxes, it costs the city more money and can force the city to actually throw away good recyclables that become contaminated. Yvette Roeder, a spokeswoman for the Public Works Department, said the city's recycling costs are about $1 million higher every [...]