When commodity prices are high, quality requirements for the bales of recyclables produced by material recovery facilities (MRFs) are less stringent. The prolonged downturn in pricing for the recyclables marketed by MRFs, however, has exposed numerous weaknesses in the recycling industry, says Sean Duffy, president and chief operating officer of MRF operator ReCommunity, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Companies in the recycling industry that have yet to dive into exporting activities should not fear it and rather should embrace their options, said one speaker in the Smooth Sailing session at the 18th annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, held Oct. 11-13, 2017, in Chicago. Speakers in the export-focused session shared insights into how to better work with carriers as well as updates on certain ports in the United States. “For companies that are not exporting yet, don’t fear it.
A new Your Bottle Means Jobs (YBMJ) video from the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council and the Washington-based Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) illustrates the economic impact of plastics recycling in the Carolinas as China tightens the types of recycled materials it will accept for import.
China proposed these standards for contamination in scrap imports, beginning 03/01/2018:
smelt slag, 0.5%
electric motors, 0.5%
wires and cables, 0.5%
metal and appliances, 0.5%
Although contact lenses and their packaging are generally composed of recyclable plastic or foil, they often end up being filtered out of most standard material recovery facilities (MRFs) (i.e., landfilled) due to their small size. @BauschLomb@TerraCycle
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".