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Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency will submit a report on increasing beverage container recycling to state legislators in early 2014. The report will detail a proposal to fund a statewide beverage container recycling program, with a goal of reaching an 80 percent recycling rate.

Plastic-to-fuel company JBI announced it will participate in Crayola's ColorCycle Program. At schools around the country, students will be encouraged to dispose of their used markers, which will be collected and sent to JBI for use as feedstock in the production of various fuels.

The Canadian company Entropex has been fined $410,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Ontario Court of Justice found the rigid plastics recycling company responsible for injuries sustained by an employee in 2010, when a bale of plastic pinned the victim to a nearby forklift.

Among the many unusual inventions on display at the recent Singapore Mini Maker Fare was a fleet of steampunk spaceships made out of plastic bottles. The highly detailed models were designed and produced by David Liew of Singapore's Sleeping Iron Foundry.

More than 16,000 plastic cups were recycled at the 2013 Wicker Park Fest in Chicago. The Bright Beat enlisted a team of 50 "Eco Educators" to make sure festival-goers knew where to toss their used plastic cups, keeping the event relatively litter-free and diverting a large amount of plastics that will be reused in making new picture frames and spools.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has issued a policy that opposes most bans and fees on plastic and paper bags. The trade group's decision arose from worries that the growing number of municipal bans on the products would significantly reduce material levels for some recycling companies.

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