Recycling News

Repeal effort ends after Senate action

A Senate bill to repeal Iowa’s Bottle Bill did not clear its panel, ending repeal efforts in both Houses this session.  >>

Omaha considers charging for plastic bags

While Iowa banned a plastic bag ban, shoppers and grocers across the border have mixed feelings about a 5- to 10-cent charge.  >>

Bottle Bill legislation deferred again

At a hearing on the repeal bill, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Guy Vander Linden says HF 575 is “going nowhere.”  >>

Ames lab uses corn stover for electronics recycling

Researchers in Ames have demonstrated a way to use corn stover left over from harvest to help recycle significant metals from electronics.  >>

Owens-Illinois creates standardized refillable bottle

Oregon program collaborates with O-I and targets craft breweries.  >>

Minnesota recyclers see opportunities in China ban

Iowa’s neighbors to the north work to process recyclable close to home.  >>

Omaha facility upgrades plastics sorting capabilities

A loan from the Closed Loop Fund is helping First Star Recycling retrofit recovery facility to better target PET and HDPE.  >>

Markets update from Resource Recycing

While mixed-paper hits all-time low and other fibers are also down, plastics show increasingly strong values.  >>

Experts say measurement matters

US recycling leaders analyze and recommend new measurement steps.  >>