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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

According to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in August 2011 was 2.56 million tons, 6 percent lower than August of last year, and flat from month-earlier levels. There was fluctuation within the individual grades, however, with newspaper consumption dropping 9.5 percent from July. The year-to-date decrease in consumption compared to the same period in 2010 still hovers around 4 percent.

The Northwest Grocery Association is running a poll to see where Oregon voters stand on a ballot initiative to ban plastic bags state-wide, reports The Oregonian. Although state lawmakers failed to pass a statewide ban last legislative session, the issue remains potent with Portland prohibiting the distribution of the plastic sacks.

TOMRA-owned California redemption center firm rePLANET is reactivating 250 of its automated plastic bottle recycling facilities across the Golden State that consumers can use to redeem their empties. The reverse-vending machines were deactivated earlier due to what rePLANET characterizes as a conversion rate error by the state.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is often pointed to a consequence of rampant wastefulness. But Method, a maker of eco-oriented household and personal care products, and plastic recycler Envision Plastics are hoping to do something about it by producing a 100-percent post-consumer polyethylene bottle, 25 percent of which is plastic collected from the infamous garbage patch.

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