Waste & Recycling News celebrates 40 years of Curbside Recycling

Apr 17, 2013, 09:00 ET from Waste & Recycling News

DETROIT, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recycling is such a part of our daily routine, it's hard to imagine a time when households didn't place their bottles, cardboard, plastics and paper in bins for collection. However, only 40 years ago, most Americans tossed this material in the trash where it was destined for local landfills.

That's why Waste & Recycling News will celebrate this cultural innovation with a commemorative issue, "40 Years of Curbside Recycling." The issue publishes Aug. 5, 2013. WRN's award-winning editorial staff will take readers on the four-decade journey of curbside recycling.

With 40 stories, the WRN editorial team will highlight the first municipal recycling programs, tell the stories of curbside recycling's pioneers, profile the 10 most important technological innovations in curbside recycling, display photo albums of recycling over the last 40 years, share the stories of key recycled commodities and welcome reader-submitted answers to questions such as "What does recycling mean to you?"

"The dawn of curbside recycling is going to be marked in bold on the timeline of human history," Waste & Recycling News Editor John Campanelli said. "Think for a moment of the jobs created, the resources saved and the environment protected over four decades of curbside recycling. It is staggering."

"In this issue, we are going to trace its history, measure its effects and celebrate one of the best ideas in history," Campanelli said.

Individuals can submit story ideas, photographs and memories at jcampanelli@wasterecyclingnews.com or by calling 313-446-6767.

"Curbside recycling certainly starts at home, but there is an amazing amount of technology and people who get the material from our homes to recycling centers and, eventually, to processors of new material," said Brennan Lafferty, publisher of Waste & Recycling News. "I'm proud that we are tackling this topic in depth and, along the way, acknowledging all those who have made curbside recycling possible."

"This issue is a great opportunity for our advertisers to acknowledge their companies' contributions to recycling and to acknowledge the men and women who've made their companies what they are," Lafferty said.

Advertisers can reserve space in the "40 Years of Curbside Recycling" issue by contacting WRN advertising director Linda Hickey at 330-865-6184 and lhickey@wasterecyclingnews.com.

All 45,000 subscribers to Waste & Recycling News will receive a copy of this special issue. In addition, commemorative hard-bound and soft-bound editions are available for purchase. Great for office lobbies and boardrooms, these issues can be pre-ordered online beginning in May at www.wasterecyclingnews.com/40years.

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