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February 2024

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 January Board meeting highlights
     Helpsy pays for textiles three ways
     Bid responses: hauling, recyclables, C&D
     DEP reporting deadlines, issues
     2023 Annual Report
South Shore Regional HHW Depot update
BBBSF upgrades textile pickup scheduling system
Plymouth voters narrowly reject nip ban
Libraries of Things are becoming a thing

Stewardship bill is moving! MassPSC to meet 2/27 
Register for MassRecycle Conference 3/19
Study finds rising risk of lithium-ion fires
SMI emerges from bankruptcy
The persistent problem of waste (Burns & Levinson)

November 2023

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October Board meeting highlights
     Waste Zero provides PAYT support and more
     Compost management contracts extended
     Regional HHW Depot committee appointed
     Lively roundtable of topics
     Hauling, recyclables and C&D bids
Welcome Sarah, our new HHW Supervisor!
Fall HHW wrap up
HHW publicity survey – town websites win
What do we do with disposable vapes?

RDP grant changes announced; 12/12 webinar
Plymouth nip ban challenged, Jan. vote set
Newton restricts single use serviceware
Legislative stewardship bill briefing set for 12/6

CT Mattress stewardship marks 8 great years
Wash. DC passes all-battery stewardship law
Federal packaging legislation reintroduced
Apple supports national repair law

September 2023

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August Board meeting highlights
     Disaster debris management review
     Discussion:  Mattresses, C&D, deconstruction
     HHW depot, legislation updates
Fall Haz Waste registration is open
Holden glass facility expands local market
Rats in the trash? Try the Cambridge Rodent Diet
Kingston pilots organics waste collection
If your muni curbside contract expires in 2024…

Help expand EV charging: report big muni vehicles
Terracycle acquires CRS
Director tours Cradles to Crayons
Paint stewardship law enacted in IL
NRRA creates battery disposal toolkit

June 2023

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April Board meeting highlights
    Eco+ Recycling Services
    DEP Grant preparation
    Regional HHW depot update
    IMA, Scituate training, Oil pickup issues
SSRC celebrates 25th Recycla-versary
PCMC, SSRC collect 500 tires
Curbside mattress service gets no rest
Recycle your Styrofoam® (EPS) at PSU
Be heard at waste reduction bill hearing June 14
EPR legislation could reduce waste in Mass. (KMB)
Vermont passes first-in-nation HHW EPR law
Recycling groups urge FTC to modernize Green Guides

December 2022
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October Board Meeting highlights
       Bay State Textiles presents
      New HHW contract with Trident
      SSRC still seeking HHW help
      Sticker sales, car fire, troublemakers…
First Trident/SSRC HHW days a success
EL Harvey (fka Zero Waste Solutions) tour
Only you can prevent battery fires
Food waste recovery offered at Needham TS
WC adds Trojan Recycling to Mass. acquisitions
Greenpeace shoots plastic recycling in the foot
      Plastic containers ARE recycled, and in demand
      MassRecycle rebuts NPR about plastic recycling
      The truth about plastics recycling
MassDEP contaminated mattress cert. form
SWANA listserv: Keeping up with batteries
CT enacts first US propane tank EPR law
PSI releases chemical recycling report

Oct. 2022

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September Board Meeting highlights
       New owner Waste Connex: W. Wareham Zero Waste MRF
       New HHW contract
HHW landscape a hot topic in MA, Northeast
       NAHMMA conclave
       Mass. HHW huddle
       The HHW future for SSRC
SSRC/HandUp collection partnership a success
MMA helps smooth bumpy Mattress ban rollout
       MassPSC, MMA working on legislative relief
Abington BOH surveys residents on recycling program
Reading issues ultimatum to Republic
MassPSC: Help pass mattress, paint stewardship laws
MassDEP Contracting workshop highlights


Sept. 2022

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June Board Meeting highlights
       Big Brother Big Sister Foundation/CMRK
       EBoard re-elected
       Mattress ban preparation
       Executive Director back from leave
       Sludge, equipment delays, alt fuels, food collection

DEP’s Ellie D. addresses long lines at SEMASS
HHW on Wed. nights?  What happened
Curbside mattress pickups scheduled
Mattress recycling plans post disposal ban
Another legislative session with no solid waste relief
California is 4th US state to enact packaging EPR Law!
CT WTE closure further challenges regional capacity
US DOE creates $335 M battery recycling programs
McKinsey: By key measure, plastics beat alternatives

June 2022

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March Board Meeting highlights
     HandUp mattress recycling
     Impending Mattress, Textile waste bans, grants
     Market values strong
     MassDEP grant advice
     Misc. Interesting Stuff

South Shore schools get Green Team awards
Abington’s Schultz leads vape pen discussion
Lithium battery sparks fire at NH transfer station
2 Mass. WTE facilities to close

MassRecycle Conf: dwindling disposal options, remedies
New Mass. disposal bans effective Nov. 1
Boston to start curbside food waste pilot
Plastic eating enzyme found in compost

Mass. Paint, Bottle Bills advance to W&M
Gov. Polis signs CO packaging EPR bill into law
Oregon Mattress EPR bill becomes law
CT passes first-ever gas cylinder EPR law

Mattress- deconstruction

March 2022

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February Board Meeting highlights
     Spiegel South Shore Scrap checks in
     Grinding, screening contracts awarded
     Exec. Dir. to go on partial family medical leave
     MassDEP RDP grants, data surveys
     Spring HHW collections

Lithium, Li-Ion batteries a hot topic
Please share: Zoom Home Compost Workshop on 4/1
RDP 2022 Grant updates are posted
Embed Recyclopedia widget, get a point

SSRC on the air again through May 1
How are you celebrating Earth Day?
Cape disposal crunch:  Exploring trash export by rail
Mass. C&D filling landfill meant for Maine waste

EPR bills’ reporting date pushed to 3/31
Mass. bill would raise bottle deposits to 10c, cover more items
WIN Waste Innovations acquires NER
US recycled paper capacity growing

lithium batteries

February 2022

November Board meeting highlights

ReCollect reaches residents

Prepare for mattress, textile Waste Bans

Talk among the Towns

23 years- the Flower anniversary

Executive Director report


PACTV airs another PSA for SSRC

Mass. awards munis $3.1M in RDP grants

Disaster debris planning, management

Verify electronics recyclers to avoid liability

Debate to continue on Bourne Landfill expansion

ABC Disposal poised to sell to Waste Connections


Plastics Pact lists problem materials to be avoided

Mass. Better Bottle Bill advances to Senate W&M

National bottle bill to land in Congress soon

EPR still tops state recycling policy debates

Noreaster downed trees

November 2021

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September Board meeting highlights
     RecycleWorks: cost-neutral food waste service
     Municipal issues of the day

Vice Chairman Basler stars in PAC TV PSA
Scituate Fishing for Energy addendum
Rockland featured in ReCollect video
Blaze consumes ten trash trucks in Norton

2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan released
Mattresses, textiles to be banned from disposal
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Palooza!
Craft beer brewers reducing packaging waste

Boston25 highlights Mass. Packaging PR bill
EPR leaders report to Muni Recycling Council
CA to ban recycling symbols on non-recyclables
Stakeholders talk recycling fixes before Congress


May 2021

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April Board meeting highlights
2021 RDP Grant application is live, due 7/14 
2020 Round 2 Municipal Grant awards announced
Hundreds turn out for Plymouth Electronics event
SSRC back on the air, with 3 new ads

HHW event notification to DEP 
BBBS Foundation seeks muni textile partnerships 
Statewide MRC meeting:  Organics Part 2, 6/3 
Calls for muni input: Battery Disposal, MSP8

Pandemic brings more trash to South Shore curbs 
Plexiglas presents problems at MRFs
Recycle boat wrap
Disposal capacity report re-sounds the alarm 
Ben & Jerry’s waste makes watts, water

Our vaxxed cast

 April 2021

March Board Meeting notes, updates
     Bootstrap Compost
     Multitown recycling RFP
     Municipal recycling cost relief
BST, MassDEP sponsor WATD radio ads
Some MassDEP grants in limbo
MRC presents various local HHW models
Clear up confusion- sync to RecycleSmart
PAYT bag pricing raises State Contract questions
EBC NE “Talking Trash” – shrinking disposal capacity
Packaging EPR a top priority of ME, NY lawmakers
Colgate-Palmolive launches 100% PCR bottle
Chemical recycling a focus of nat’l plastics debate
Go big or go home on nat’l recycling policy (op-ed)

 March 2021

  • January Board Meeting notes, updates
          New England Recycling – C&D
          2020 Annual Report
          DEP Recycling data survey help
          Glass recycling transfer station being explored
          Spring 2021 HHW season
  • Multitown Recycling RFP work continues
  • Norwell airs PSA “Can I Recycle This?”
  • Producer Pay Legislation relieves munis, haulers
  • MRF Transparency bill helps muni programs
  • Plastic makers supportinclusive packaging EPR
  • Hamilton is 1st Mass. town to mandate food waste separation
  • Lettuce get personal

 January 2021

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  • December Board Meeting notes, updates
         Save That Stuff
         Braintree voted SSRC’s 17th Member
         Textile Recycling show
         2020 HHW roundup
         EPR for Printed Paper & Packaging
  • SSRC welcomes new Member Braintree!
  • SSRC releases landmark
  • Multitown recycling RFP
  • Municipal Recycling Council: TS BMPs
  • 2020 Recycling surveys, RDP reports due 2/15
  • NERC reports growing recycling paper capacity
  • Mass. EPR bill covers muni, hauler recycling costs
  • Oregon EPR recommendations
  • Recycling operators address packaging EPR


September 2020

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Fall HHW collections feature new vendor, system
School recycling required for 2021 grants
Greasy pizza boxes ARE recyclable, per paper industry
Marshfield Fair cancelled. Story of Fair recycling
BJs reverses policy on toxic hand sanitizer
Other Producer Responsibility news
Recycling infrastructure expanding
Electronic waste still piling up
Vermont bans food waste in trash
Republic Services orders 2500 electric trucks

June 2020

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  • April Board meeting notes, updates
    • Good Point Recycling
    • SMRP grant prep, update
  • Recycling cost concerns
  • June Board meeting notes, updates
    • Bay State Textile
    • EBoard: Cafferty elected Chairman
    • Longtime leader Brown recognized
  • Pandemic program progress
  • HHW Mega Event keeps south shore waters safe
  • reusable gag “ban”, plastic ban suspentions continue
  • Bottle and can redemption, bag recycling resumes
  • Munis seek regulatory relief from recycling costs
  • STB sides with Recyclers over unfair rail practices
  • 3 south shore classes win Green Team awards
  • DEP Reduce and Reuse workgroup tackles culture shift
  • Landfill battery storage supplements solar income
  • top consumer brands falling short of recycling goals
  • Words of wisdom from SWANA and MassRecycle chiefs

April 2020

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  • January Board meeting notes, updates
    • GreenCastle Video
    • Chairman Brown stepping down
    • MassDEP Update
    • Propane tanks, Li-Ion batteries, & school composting
  • Don’t let the coronavirus steal your grants
  • COVID chaos corner
  • Muni recycling costs surging, despite market stabilization
  • Cambridge achieves 30% trash reduction milestone
  • Domestic recycled paper and plastic capacity increasing
  • Producer responsibility legislation news

January 2020

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  • November Board meeting notes, updates
    • Darby Marketing November Board meeting notes, updates
    • Grinding, Screening contracts extended
    • Options for managing HHW cost increase
    • Propane tanks
  • DEP awards SSRC Towns $251K in Grants
  • DEP grant changes: spend, report, recycle in schools
  • MassDEP’s Draft 10 year Solid Waste Master Plan
  • Northeast Blended commodity values, composition surveyed
  • NY Gov Cuomo signs 11th Paint Stewardship bill
  • Recycling outreach legislation hits US Senate
  • Aerosol cans added to Universal Waste Program
  • Recycling becoming so expensive that some towns…
  • Good news amid the bad

November 2019

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  • October Board meeting notes, updates
    • MXI Environmental
    • Landis-Naumann elected secretary
    • FY20 Plan, survey
    • Extended Producer responsibility (EPR) bills
    • What’s your problem? (propane tanks)
    • Plastic bag bans
  • Director joins KMB video discussion on bag bans
  • MassDEP offers Reduce, Reuse, Repair microgrants
  • Schedule end of year Universal Waste Shed pickups
  • Resources for mercury education
  • Conference about plastics recycling issues hits the mark
  • Landmark National bill proposes EPR, container deposits, bans
  • Report: How much recycled plastic are big brands using?
  • A ray of hope for fiber markets
  • From the SWANA listserv: Single to dual stream switch

October 2019

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Hull HHW-2019
Hull HHW day
  • August Board meeting notes, updates
    • Waste Zero
    • HHW contract awarded to MXI
    • FY20 Plan, Survey
    • RECO program final report
  • Meet our new HHW Specialist
  • Newsletter subscribers surpass 600
  • Weymouth Schools net $50K from textile recycling
  • Republic drivers’ strike: A taste of things to come?
  • As Landfills close, Mass. running out of waste space
  • Mass. proposes bigger waste reduction target, more bans
  • Producer responsibility bills hearing set on Beacon Hill
  • Maine Gov signs packaging stewardship resolution
  • CA Lawmakers punt on landmark plastics bill
  • So, should we still recycle?

August 2019

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  • SSRC tours new Zero Waste Solutions facility
  • Pembroke joins SSRC
  • EBoard welcomes Jonathan Beder
  • Winners of the membership Dues race are…
  • overhauled and launched
  • SSRC goes out to bid for HHW
  • RECO Grant final report gives important insights
  • DEP Grant applications break records
  • NERC Conference in Providence: Much Ado About Plastics
  • Boston announces Zero Waste Plan, seeks food waste bids
  • Experts bullish on paper and plastic markets
  • Covanta price increases continue, revenues dip
  • Pace Glass facing legal charges; facility still planned
  • National EPR for packaging proposed

June 2019

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  • May Board meeting notes, updates
    • Black Earth Compost
    • HHW Contracting
    • Executive Board nominations
    • Plastic bag ban legislation
    • Website upgrade coming SOON!
    • Battery recycling
  • Final RECO Report
  • Hanson’s Dias named “Unsung Heroine of Commonwealth”
  • Taste of Hingham incorporates Zero Waste practices
  • Kingston runs its first Fixit Clinic
  • MPHA honors Plymouth Health Director
  • Paint Stewardship Bill  passes NY State Legislature
  • Maine to introduce Producer responsibility bill for packaging waste
  • Municipalities want industry to pay for packaging waste – CBS
  • From the SWANA listserv:  glass, single and dual stream recycling
  • Experts duel over dual-stream’s merits
  • Events

May 2019

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Green Mattress facility
  • March Board meeting notes and updates
    • Green Mattress Company
    • HHW contract planning for 2020
    • Grant planning final stretch
    • RECO report
    • Position on disposable bag bans
    • Website upgrades coming
  • SSRC takes position on disposable bag bans, testifies
  • SSRC welcomes new managers in 6 Member Towns
  • Do you know where your SMRP grant funds come from?
  • Events

March 2019

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  • February Board Meeting Notes, Updates
    • Bay State Textiles
    • 2018 Annual Report
    • Plymouth’s Sterilis sharps system
    • Recycling IQ Kit grant
    • Position on disposable bag bans 
  • RECO Report: Scituate, Norwell, Middleboro, Plymouth
  • SSRC shows how to get synergy with RecycleSmartPartner Spotlight
  • SE Municipal Recycling Council: bulky waste, mattresses
  • SWANAPalooza: remaking recyclingSWANA SNE, PSI Producer Responsibility summit
  • MasssRecycle Summit: solutions to recycling challengesEvents

February 2019

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  • January Board meeting notes, updates
    • RDP grant planning
    • Plastic bag bans without fees
    • Municipal program updates
  • RECO Report-Scituate
  • Cutler files packaging product stewardship bill
  • SSRC marks 20 years of service
  • Propane tank recycling changes
  • Second chance to do Textile webinar
  • Zero Waste Solutions construction update
  • SWANA SNE to host EPR Summit at SWANAPalooza
  • MassRecycle Summit and Trade Show
  • Using recycled materials in roads, infrastructure
  • URT converts CRTs into tile feedstock
  • OEM group crafts national CRT funding proposal
  • Events

January 2019

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  • December Board meeting notes, updates
    • JM Equipment glass processing
    • Outreach grant plan
    • RDP Grant planning
    • Contamination surchargesMeet our new RECO, Dorie Stolley
  • Welcome to 3 new Board membersDirector to give 20th Anniversary Water Watch talkMassDEP Textile webinar – learn and earn easy RDP point
  • ZWS recycling facility on track to open in April
  • EcoMaine: Markets will rebound
  • WM Charts market shift, trends
  • Events 

December 2018

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  • October Board meeting notes, updates    Republic Services
    • Grind-screen contract extended
    • RDP Outreach point pointers
    • SSRC Outreach grant plan
  • SSRC 20th Anniversary logo, story
  • RECO reboot
  • Fall HHW season recap
  • New faces, open seats
  • SSRC Facebook post “explodes”
  • Cohasset RDF installs surveillance cameras
  • Plymouth offers new sharps program
  • 50K mattresses recycled with DEP grant
  • Recycled paper capacity increasing in NA
  • EPA’s Wheeler pledge: make recycling great again events

October 2018

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  • September Board meeting notes, updates
    • Good Point Recycling (electronics)
    • Recycling markets, costs
    • Disaster debris planning
    • RecycleSmart media launch
    • 20th Anniversary planning
    • NAHMMA Conference notes
  • RECO Report
  • Mayors discuss recycling issues
  • Election day: easy outreach RDP opportunity
  • Pace Glass has national ambitions
  • Rising costs rev up stewardship efforts
  • What Chinese import policies mean for Mass.
  • Nine Dragons to recycle paper at US mills
  • End-market effort grows plastic demand
  • PBS videos about plastic worth watching

September 2018

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  • June Board meeting notes, updates    
    • Miller Recycling
    • EBoard election
    • Recycling markets, outlets, costs
  • SSRC, Member towns, awarded $150K in grants
  • RECO report: 7 towns in one summer
  • Miller Recycling hosts SSRC tour
  • Mayors to discuss recycling crisis
  • Website traffic, newsletter circulation soaring
  • Janine Bishop promoted to Grant program lead
  • MassDEP launches “Recycle Smart” campaign
  • Shorter recyclable list announced
  • MassDEP awards regional glass recycling grants
  • Tariffs, trade war spurs Chinese investment in US
  • Low OCC prices help US mills
  • Keep Calm and Recycle On
  • Events

June 2018

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  • May Board meeting notes, updates
    • Waste Zero – curbside textile collection
    • Recycling markets, outlets, costs
    • Packaging stewardship legislation
    • Big Hearted Books alternatives
    • Surplus property opportunities
    • New Town officials
  • Tour of Recolor Paint
  • PGA Tour of C Carney Environmental
  • RECO report- Kingston, Plymouth, Norwell, Rockland
  • Rockland passes private hauler recycling reg
  • Problems, solutions explored in news, at State House
    • Rockland’s McCarthy featured on WGBH
    • South shore programs make Globe front page
    • Resource Recycling runs SSRC Director Op Ed
    • Lawmakers, stakeholders discuss packaging bill
  • South Shore schools receive Green Team awards
  • MassDEP helps navigate recycling storms
  • Events

May 2018

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  • April Board meeting notes, updates
    • RMG Enterprise
    • Single stream, glass discussion HHW billing proposed procedure changes
    • Recycling Dividend Program planning
    • IMA extension status 
  • SSRC on the air for ten weeks
  • RECO report- Kingston, Norwell, Rockland, Hull
  • ABC called to Plymouth BOS meeting
  • Hull mandate aims to bundle trash, recycling
  • Good intentions, bad habits fuel recycling crisis
  • Importance of cleaning up recycling stream
  • The elephant in the room: a case for producer responsibility
  • States look at EPR, funding cuts, mandates
  • Nestle promises 100% recyclable packaging by 2025
  • Events 

April 2018

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  • March meeting notes and updates
    • Recolor Paint
    • Grind-Screen contractor introductions
    • Glass management options
    • RDP grant planning
    • IMA Extensions – All towns have signed
    • HHW administration changes
    • Facebook update
  • RECO Report- Kingston, Plymouth, Norwell, Rockland
  • SSRC PSAs on the WATD 95.9 fm
  • Kingston’s new swap shop all about give and take
  • Hingham High wins MassRecycle K-12 award
  • What lies in store for area recycling?
  • Glass recycling update from MassDEP
  • Mass. tackles contamination with Recycling IQ grants
  • Giddy-up: adapting post-China
  • Events

February 2018

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  • January meeting notes, updates
    • RecycleThat presentation
    • Annual Report
    • Grind Screen contract awards
    • Small scale Outreach Grant proposals
    • Recycling Dividend Program planning
  • Recycling IQ Kit grants available through April
  • January RECO Report: Kingston and Plymouth
  • Kingston is putting haulers on notice
  • Duxbury BOH considers hauler recycling rule
  • RDP funds may be used for high recycling costs
  • SSRC organizes contingency planning meeting
  • Glass Recycling halts with Milford plant closure
  • MassDEP addresses recycling challenges
  • Rep. Cantwell responds to Digital R2R request
  • Events

January 2018

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  • December Meeting notes, updates
    • Waste Management presentation
    • HHW contract
    • Grind Screen IFB
    • Small scale outreach grant proposals 
  • RECO Report- Middleboro, Kingston, Plymouth
  • Cohasset pay-per-throw scofflaws warned
  • NBWS Announces Plans to Open Facility in Fall
  • RDP grant reports, recycling data due Feb. 15
  • Contracting for Solid Waste & Recycling Services
  • Organics recovery, capacity growing in Mass.
  • Maxed out Mass. MRFs prompt disposal waivers
  • Chinese processing group sets goals for US visit
  • Recycling Partnership Update: Where it’s at
  • Events

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