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PCR bottle mandate approved in California

by Colin Staub

A recycled plastic requirement for beverage container producers cleared the California legislature last week. But comprehensive legislation reducing single-use packaging failed to advance.

PET bottles for recycling.

Post-consumer plastics prices see notable changes

by RecyclingMarkets.net

The price of PET took a dive over the past month, but the value of natural HDPE climbed substantially.

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Sales rise for HDPE scrap consumer Greystone Logistics

by Jared Paben

A Midwest producer of recycled HDPE pallets saw a 46% increase in sales during the 2019 fiscal year.

Greystone Logistics annually recycles tens of millions of pounds of recovered HDPE into pallets. | Vikentiy Elizarov/Shutterstock
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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Field trials

by Dave Lowles

The use of plastic mulch films is increasing in agriculture, but the material has traditionally been extremely difficult to recycle. A team in the Southeast is now working to develop best practices for recycling both on farms and in reprocessing sites.

The freight depression

by Ken McEntee

A shortage of drivers and other factors are pushing up costs and concerns for both buyers and sellers of recycled material. Here’s a detailed look at today’s transport trials and tribulations.

Trucking

Data sort: Lost opportunities in landfilled 3-7s

by More Recycling

At materials recovery facilities, PET and HDPE aren’t the whole story. An analysis of other mixed plastics helps show the potential for boosting recovery of additional valuable polymers.

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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Report recaps plastic bumper cover recycling project

by Jared Paben

TPO bumper covers can be processed into a high-quality recycled pellet that’s cheaper than virgin plastic, but challenges remain in feedstock collection and preparation.

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Equipment spotlight: Shredder targets hard-to-process plastics

by Colin Staub

Herbold Meckesheim USA has released size-reduction equipment tailored for plastics recycling.

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Here’s who recently received FDA recycling letters

by Jared Paben

A company was given the go-ahead to recycle post-consumer PET into multi-layer reheatable food trays. Meanwhile, a global packaging company was OK’d to recycle LDPE films into reusable bags.

APR gives recyclability thumbs up to PP additive

by Jared Paben

A market-dominating polypropylene clarifier has undergone testing to prove that it neither complicates the plastics recycling process nor harms the finished product.

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