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Packaging CEO: PCR boost to come from cooperation

by Marissa Heffernan

Post-consumer resin is the way forward, the head of flexible film producer Emerald Packaging said. But it’s going to take commitment, collaboration and follow-through from many different actors to reach full PCR potential.

A vial of plastic resins emptied onto a black surface.

PET reclaimer, packaging maker among grant recipients

by Jared Paben

Resin company DAK Americas, recycled-content thermoforms producer Direct Pack and MRF operator Recycle Source have become the first three recipients of grants from the PET Recycling Coalition.

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Connecticut governor pushes EPR, content mandate

by Marissa Heffernan

Gov. Ned Lamont is looking at extended producer responsibility for packaging, better organics diversion and minimum PCR requirements to help address Connecticut’s waste management woes.

The governor plans to make his recommendations to the Connecticut Legislature during the current legislative session. | Real Window Creative/Shutterstock

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

The cost of transformation

by Scott Mouw and Cody Marshall

A major industry report indicates investment of $17 billion is needed to fully optimize municipal recycling in the U.S. Here’s a look at how that number was determined.

How to hit the targets

by Dan Felton

With brand owner goals for recycled plastic usage increasingly common, a study from one industry group evaluates supply and demand realities for plastic resins, offering considerations to push progress on PCR.

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Reclaimer in Focus: PlastiCycle

by Marissa Heffernan

PlastiCycle is set to double its processing capacity and invest in a wash line as part of a $6 million expansion project.

Inside the PlastiCycle facility.

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FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY

A new approach to sorting PET and more at MRFs

by Jared Paben

An autonomous system developed by Bulk Handling Systems is really more of a sorting loop than a sorting line.

BHS container sorting loop rendering.

PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

by Jared Paben

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

AMP Robotics installation team.

How a de-dusting system cleaned up RPET sheets

by Jared Paben

Specialized equipment is reducing the presence of gels in rPlanet Earth’s RPET sheets, allowing the Southern California-based reclaimer to sell them for higher prices.

Pelletron De-Duster installed on site.

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