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RECYCLING AROUND THE WORLD – CUBA

RECYCLING CAR PARTS Cuba is known for reuse – famous for the 1950’s cars kept running during 60 years of embargo through creativity, perseverance and recycling. Of course, I had to know more about traditional recycling: bottles, cans and paper. There is no curbside collection but there were collection containers in public spaces.  When there weren’t, enterprising individuals were at …

Manufacturing

Manufacturing & Recycling Opportunities Created By China’s National Sword Policy

  Manufacturing Day 2017 and The National Sword Today is Manufacturing Day (http://www.mfgday.com/) an annual event celebrated the first Friday of October to raise public awareness the importance of manufacturing in the Twenty-First Century.  Foreign competition is no longer the most pressing challenge, though it remains an issue.  The shortage of skilled workers plagues today’s manufacturers as many jobs are now technologically …

Infographic: The State of E-Scrap

The State of E-Scrap Used electronics (e-scrap) is one of the fastest growing sources of waste, globally. According to ISRI, only 25% of household electronics are actually collected and recycled which leaves 3.5 million tons available for recycling. According to dosomething.org, cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing …

MDE Celebrates America Recycles Day: Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest

Since 2001, The Maryland Department of the Environment has celebrated America Recycles Day annually by hosting the Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest. At this event, high school students across the state of Maryland can compete by creating sculptures using recycled and reusable materials. Although America Recycles Day is actually on November 15, the Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest will be held on …

How China’s Green Fence is Affecting Recycling in the U.S.

China’s Green Fence Affecting Recycling Industry in the US Since China’s “Operation Green Fence” was enacted earlier this year, China has rejected 68,000 tons (metric 61,700 tonnes) of waste. Some speculated that the initiative would blow over in a couple of months because “…Chinese manufacturers, who really do need the plastic resin and other raw materials, will pressure the government to …

Recycling in the Film Industry

We at Vangel think that companies and organizations which put forth the extra effort and demonstrate sustainable practices should be celebrated and encouraged. Recently, some influential entities in the film industry were honored for putting forth that extra effort in the form of the Golden Dumpster Award. The first annual Golden Dumpster Awards commenced on May 11th 2013 and Honorees included …

5 Items That Don’t Get Recycled Properly

Having recycling bins present at every turn may not be enough to get the correct materials to the right recycling facilities. Here are five common items that rarely get recycled properly. 1.) #1 PET Thermoform The clear clam shells used for carryout, fruit, baked goods and other food items is also known as  #1 PET thermoform. Although the clamshells say …

Single Stream Recycling: Case Studies Prove Major Flaws

Why Do People Advocate Single Stream? Although advocates swear by its ability to reduce program costs and retrieve more recyclable materials, single stream recycling is being proven as the wrong choice through scores of case studies which champion dual stream as more cost-effective and environmentally sound. Driven by miscalculated results, advocates estimate that the quantity of commingled materials recycled is …