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WASHINGTON (March 3, 2015) - A report released today provides insights into recent and anticipated changes in municipal solid waste streams and what those changes could mean for the recycling industry. The American Chemistry Council's  Plastics Division sponsored the report, " Making Sense of the Mix: Analysis and Implications for the Changing Curbside Recycling Stream ," which focuses mainly on plastics, to promote greater understanding among government, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), and waste management firms that are working to generate value from post-use materials.

Over the last decade, recyclers have had to adjust to a range of changes, from the sharp decline in newsprint to the adoption of larger carts and single-stream collection. The report provides a look at factors that have shaped today's waste stream and trends that are likely to influence the waste stream in the years ahead. These include growing consumer demand for recycled content in products and packaging, the potential removal of organics (i.e., food waste) from municipal solid waste, growing interest in mixed waste processing facilities, and the globalization of recycling markets.

"Plastics makers recognize the critical role that recyclers play in the value chain and in sustainable living," said Steve Russell , vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. "The evolving waste stream can create both challenges and opportunities for recyclers, and we want to help them succeed."

Green Spectrum Consulting, LLC , and  Resource Recycling, Inc. authored this report.

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