Press Room

Welcome to the Mid America Recycling Press Room.  Visit often to get the latest information about what’s happening at Mid America Recycling!

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News Releases

A new $24 million recycling facility won't change world recycling markets - DSM Register, Opinion Piece by Brian Meng (October 2019)

Mick Barry, President of Mid America Recycling, Re-Elected Chair of National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors (September 2019)

China said no to US recycling waste - Now the US has to try to learn how to treat its waste bay itself - Finnish Broadcasting Company (February 2019)

Mick Barry, President of Mid America Recycling, Elected Chair of National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors (January 2019)

Paper recycled by Des Moines residents was diverted to landfill due to lack of buyers - Des Moines Register (December 2018)

Prosthetic limbs, dirty diapers: Here's what not to recycle - Des Moines Register (December 2018)

Des Moines dumps paper recyclables due to lack of buyers - KCRG, Cedar Rapids (December 2018)

Des Moines Recycling Facility forced to send materials to landfill - WhoTV (December 2018)

Des Moines, Iowa landfilled 20 tons of mixed paper each day this summer - WasteDive (December 2018)

Mid America Recycling sells Lincoln Operations to General Manager Kelley McReynolds; Mid America Recycling-Lincoln changes its name to Green Quest Recycling, LLC (November 2018)

The Second Time Around: Mid America Recycling, Des Moines, Iowa, reemerged in 2015 to reclaim its reputation as a quality MRF operator, despite growing contamination in the residential recycling stream - Recycling Today Cover Story (June 2018)

How does "Wishful Recycling" affect the recycling industry? - Iowa Recycling Association (April 2018)

Single Stream, Contamination & the China Ban - Iowa Recycling Association (April 2018)

Cardboard ban begins April 1 in Lincoln; residents urged to 'Take it to the Bin' - Lincoln Journal Star (February 2018)

Corrugated cardboard to be banned from landfills - KLKN (February 2018)

Corrugated cardboard banned from landfills starting April 1st - Channel 10/11 News (February 2018)

Kelley McReynolds, Mid America Recycling-Lincoln General Manager, to speak about cardboard ban during Free NE Recycling Council Webinar on February 22nd - Thinking Globally, Acting Locally - Strictly Business (January 2018)

Mid America Recycling - Thinking Globally, Acting Locally - Strictly Business (January 1, 2018)

Environmental Impact in Lincoln, NE 2017 - Strictly Business (December 1, 2017)

Repealing Bottle Bill Could Create More Work For Processing Plants - WHOTV (September 25, 2017)

Iowa's 5-cent bottle law is targeted for repeal by business lobbyists - Des Moines Register (September 24, 2017)

Mick Barry, Mid America Recycling President, Elected to National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors (September 20, 2017)

Kelley McReynolds, MAR-Lincoln General Manager, highlighted as "Star City Six" - Strictly Business (July 1, 2017)

Mid America Recycling Increases Capabilities With Addition of Machinex Unit - Strictly Business (February 1, 2017)

City will ban cardboard at landfill - Lincoln Journal Star (January 20, 2017)

Sorting recyclables no small task: It takes a 2-story tall machine - Lincoln Journal Star (November 22, 2016)

Mid America Recycling Hosts America Recycles Day Tour, Highlights how new sorting machine makes recycling more efficient in Lincoln (November 15, 2016)

MAR-Lincoln Earns "MRF of the Moment" Recognition for Single Stream Retrofit (November 2016)

Mid America Recycling Single Stream Processing System Highlighted in Metro Waste Authority & Science Center of Iowa Video ( August 2016)

Mid America Recycling Installs Imabe Baler - Recycling Today (July 2016)

Mid America Recycling Partners with On-Site Information Destruction for Shredding Services (February 2016)

Waste Management sells D.M. recycling plant (June 2015)

Waste Management’s Des Moines Recycling Facility Sold (June 2015)

Waste Management sells Des Moines, Iowa, MRF (June 2015)

Management Team Buys Mid America Recycling Iowa Unit from Waste Management (June 2015)

Midland Recycling changing name to Mid America Recycling 6.8.15 - Lincoln Journal Star (June 2015)

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