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Best Practices and Case Studies

Best Practices and Case Studies

Roadmap to WRAP: Implementing Plastic Bag, Wrap & Film Recycling in Your Community

The Roadmap to WRAP is a step-by-step guide to help implement plastic bag, wrap, and film recycling in your community. The guide features real-world examples from communities across the U.S., strategies and best practices, and tools to learn how the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) helps localities handle plastic film responsibly, leading to higher adoption rates, happier partnerships, and cleaner communities.

Reports and Analyses

Reports and Analyses

Analysis of Concerns regarding Advanced Recycling

Professor Marco Castaldi of the Earth Engineering Center at The City College of New York provides answers to frequently asked questions and addresses concerns regarding advanced plastic recycling technologies.

Apps and Tools

Apps and Tools

Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools

Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools is a free resource that helps community recycling programs more effectively educate their residents about which plastics to recycle. Our Outreach Builder tool lets you choose common plastics recycling terms that best fit your program, then download free images for your outreach materials or build a custom flyer that shows what can and can't be recycled in your community. Terms & Tools also contains a glossary of common plastic commodity terms for the whole recycling value chain. Allows community recycling coordinators to create educational materials about the types of plastics recycled in their community. Terms & Tools Use these terms and watch your plastics recycling quantity and quality grow.

Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association

The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) promotes and defends the environmentally sound recycling of the more than 583 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually. These materials include aggregates such as concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals.

Reports and Analyses

Reports and Analyses

Life Cycle Management and Recycling of PV Systems

As the global installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules near terawatt levels, responsible end-of-life management is becoming increasingly important to ensure today's clean energy solutions do not pose a future waste burden. In this report, First Solar looks at the growing importance of PV recycling and its impact on the total life cycle costs of PV generation assets.

Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

First Solar – Photovoltaic (PV) Recycling

First Solar has a long-standing leadership position in solar photovoltaic (PV) recycling with over a decade of experience in operating high-value PV recycling facilities on a global and industrial scale. While most PV recycling processes focus only on recovering high-mass fraction materials such as glass and frames (i.e. bulk recycling), First Solar’s high-value recycling process goes further by also recovering the semiconductor material for reuse. Our high-value recycling process recovers more than 90% of the semiconductor material for reuse in new First Solar modules and 90% of the glass for use in new glass container products. To learn more about First Solar’s recycling service, please see visit our website: http://www.firstsolar.com/en/Modules/Recycling

Best Practices and Case Studies

Best Practices and Case Studies

EV Battery Recycling Resources for Recyclers / Dismantlers

Collection of publicly available educational resources that may be helpful to recyclers, repurposers and other stakeholders seeking additional information regarding proper handling and disposal of end of life electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Apps and Tools

Apps and Tools

“Greener Gadgets:” Educational materials to encourage recycling of E-waste

Educational resources sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association, and created by Young Minds Inspired, for teachers, students and parents to encourage proper recycling of E-waste. Drive traffic to GreenerGadgets.com to find out where to recycle your e-waste. Content designed to meet STEM standards. Can be used at home, at school and online.

Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

Continuus Materials

Continuus Materials vision is to be a global leader in solving our plastic waste crisis. We take discarded plastic and waste paper and turn it into roofing material for flat commercial buildings. For every 1,000 sq. ft of Everboard installed we UPCYCLE 2,000 lbs. of waste plastic and fiber. We mine the leftovers from the recycling facility or the municipal waste stream and through our patent pending system we sort and come up with the perfect input for our product. We have married two of the largest industries to tackle this problem at scale – waste and building products. Our leadership includes senior executives from these two industries with more than 200 years of combined experience…and we are absolutely committed to circularity and will take back our boards at end of use.

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