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This Week in Waste: Top Stories January 16 - 20

Technology and data are at the forefront of discussions to improve the nation's recycling infrastructure. Which plastics recycling methods are most efficient and how can AI advance material recovery? Find out in this week's top stories.

New Study Examines Which Plastics Recycling Methods Are Most Efficient

As 300 million tons of plastic waste continues to be generated each year across the globe, governmental entities and stakeholders are working to improve recycling infrastructure. A new study from the American Chemical Society examined which methods of recycling are most efficient both economically and on an environmental level in an effort to determine the best methods for a closed-loop system.


Episode 179: How Collaboration Advances AI, Robotics & Technology

Liz Bothwell

Meet JD Ambati, founder & CEO of EverestLabs, which developed an AI-enabled operating system to help MRFs recover more recyclable materials. In this episode of NothingWasted!, we spoke with Ambati about proactive system management, the keys to using MRF data in meaningful ways, EverestLabs' installation of robots on an inclining conveyor belt, and more.


Recycling Outlook 2023: Improving Plastic Recycling Rates

Arlene Karidis

Pinning down the real recycling rates in the U.S. is difficult. EPA’s last comprehensive report is based on 2018 figures and, since then, there’s been a patchwork of studies from different sources looking through different lenses. But amidst the gray areas, the findings show one clear pattern: the U.S. would have to step up its game in a big way to meet the national recycling goal of 50 percent by 2030.


How Waste Company CheckSammy Leverages Technology for Better Outcomes

Arlene Karidis

CheckSammy got started in the solid waste management business, which is still its primary focus, today leveraging a network of over 5,000 haulers. But in addition to its trash removal and diversion services, the company now offers a few tech-based products to support multiple operations and tasks.


U.S. National Household Food Waste Tracking Identifies Emerging Trends

Stefanie Valentic

Food waste data collection has been largely inconsistent over the past few decades. An increased focus on food insecurity and waste systems has improved data collection. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doled out $10.2 million to fund pilot projects aimed at food waste reduction and composting in 2022.


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