Waste Management

Seeking Recyclable Materials From a Mixed Wastestream

n Part 1 of this series, author Daniel P. Duffy explained the characteristics of municipal solid waste and the potential of extracting recyclable materials from a mixed wastestream. As Duffy wrote in the previous segment:

Recycling in America In the bin

It is also hard to increase the quantity of recycled goods without compromising quality. Many cities now give residents bigger bins and demand less sorting, but the often-contaminated results are a costly headache for recycling companies. “We get soiled diapers and dead animals on the line,” complains James Devlin of ReCommunity, which operates 35 recycling facilities in 13 states. One recycling bin ended up holding a six-foot shark.

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