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Eugene, Oregon has become the third city in the state to ban plastic bags. The second-largest city in the state follows Portland and Corvallis in enacting a bag ban.

Viken, Sweden-based Valinge Innovation AB has received Patent No. 8,293,058, which describes a method of separating used flooring and producing new composite material.

U.K. plastic recycling firm Jayplas has announced plans to open a new facility. Development of a 69-acre company-owned site will include a new wash facility and a workshop for its 150 fleet vehicles.

GlaxoSmithKline, a large pharmaceutical and healthcare company, has launched a new stewardship program that will allow consumers to recycle empty respiratory inhalers. The program will be offered to community-based retail pharmacies in 31 U.S. markets in an effort to offer an alternative to throwing away the inhalers, which are often not accepted in curbside recycling programs. GSK piloted the program in five markets, collecting nearly 2,700 inhalers during an unspecified time period. The company hopes to collect 100,000 inhalers, also during an unspecified time period.

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