Talking Trash

Paper recycling on the rise nationwide

Paper recycling on the rise nationwide

The United States saw a rise in recycling rates for both paper and corrugated cardboard (OCC) in 2021. Paper recycling rates rose from 65.7% in 2020 to 68% in 2021. To put this into more concrete terms, U.S. paper mills accepted more than 8.6 million tons of recycled...

Sharing good news!

Sharing good news!

Eco Partners has news to share with you and it's all good! First, we are excited to announce that Eco Partners President Elizabeth Roe was recently elected to the role of Secretary for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Board of Directors. "I...

Do you “Up Cup”?

Do you “Up Cup”?

We are halfway through Plastic Free July, a month-long campaign to reduce plastic waste. Have you joined the effort and tried to refuse single-use plastics? If you're looking for a place to start, one challenge you can take this year is to "Up Cup." When you "up cup,"...

Recycling (Still) Matters!

Recycling (Still) Matters!

Recycling has had a bumpy road the past few years as local programs and recycling processors have adapted to changing overseas markets, faced transportation challenges here in the U.S., dealt with the impacts of a global pandemic on collection and processing, and...

Taking care of textiles

Taking care of textiles

While many textiles, such as sheets, clothing, towels, upholstery, industrial fabric scraps, and most other woven items, can be reused or recycled, they do not belong in your curbside recycling bin or cart! If you want to reuse or recycle textiles, you can find...

Headwinds as we face the future

Headwinds as we face the future

Eco Partners President Elizabeth Roe gave the keynote address at SWANA’s Pacific Chapter Northwest Regional Symposium this past April in British Columbia. Under the theme “Winds of Change,” she discussed both the tailwinds and headwinds impacting solid waste...