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Groups react to ‘problematic’ plastics list

by Jared Paben

The U.S. Plastics Pact says PS and PVC packaging and other materials should be phased out in coming years. A curbside recycling operator called the potential elimination of PVC and PS packaging “two really big steps in the right direction,” though several groups criticized the Pact’s work.

Bottle bill backers see opportunity for action

by Dan Leif

Over the past year, the recycling policy discussion nationwide has focused mainly on proposals that force producers to pay for packaging recovery. But significant activity around container deposits is also taking place, particularly in the Northeast.

Plastic soda bottles.

Recycling company commits $6.6 million to expand plant

by Marissa Heffernan

More ocean-bound plastics will be recycled in Michigan after Padnos decided to expand its plastics recycling plant, a $6.6 million project.

Map showing Wyoming, Mich. and the surrounding area.
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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Reclaimer in Focus: Southeast processor built with expansion in mind

by Dan Leif

Leaders at Macon, Ga. company A1 Polymer Recycling see China’s import restrictions as an opportunity for the U.S. to create jobs domestically by recycling scrap plastics.

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Data Sort: What accounts for the higher cost of PCR

by More Recycling

Consulting and research firm More Recycling looked at why post-consumer resin tends to be more expensive than virgin plastic.

Pile of plastic pellets.

Q&A: Hitting the inflection point

by Dan Leif

A sustainability leader at Dow discusses the recent shift in public dialogue around packaging and polymers – and how it has caused the wider plastics industry to prioritize materials recovery in new ways.

Exterior of Dow building in Michigan.

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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Technical takeaways from two industry experts

by Jared Paben

A pair of longtime plastics recycling professionals discussed melt filtration advancements, deodorizing processes, bale supply issues and more during a recent webinar.

Close up of plastic pellets on a black background.

Here are possible recycling solutions for foam, large rigids and more

by Jared Paben

The Spanish plastics research institute AIMPLAS has written about a project through which plastics from bulky items were recycled into products using a variety of technologies.

Plastic baled for recycling.

Groups recognize recyclability of packaging innovations

by Jared Paben

The Association of Plastic Recyclers recently issued recyclability letters to Amcor and Avery Dennsion, and EU-focused RecyClass has highlighted work from tube manufacturer Essel as well as an HDPE barrier product developed by Inhance Technologies.

Spouted pouch packaging.

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