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Reclaimer gets food-contact nod for OceanBound plastics

by Jared Paben

Envision Plastics says it received the first FDA letter allowing litter recovered from coastal areas in developing countries to be recycled into food and drink packaging.

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CEO responds to concerns over impacts of plastic gravel

by Jared Paben

A startup won money and media attention for its recycled plastic gravel, but some readers are concerned the product could cause more environmental harm than simply landfilling the scrap plastic.

Some readers challenged the environmental benefit of Arqlite's product. | Via Arqlite's Instagram page.

State lawmakers give chemical recycling a boost

by Colin Staub

The sixth- and seventh-largest states in the country recently approved legislation that could help operators using pyrolysis and other technologies.

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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.

baled plastics

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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Brand advances recycling-friendly toothpaste tube

by Jared Paben

Colgate-Palmolive has developed a toothpaste tube that passed tests for sortability by materials recovery facilities and processability by plastics reclaimers.

Person holding Colgate's new recyclable toothpaste tube.

Pyrolysis produces ‘circular polymers’ for Tupperware

by Colin Staub

Mixed plastics are the feedstock for a chemical recycling partnership between resin giant Sabic and home goods manufacturer Tupperware Brands.

Closeup of mixed plastics bale for recycling.

Unifi develops new recycled fiber products

by Jared Paben

A major consumer of U.S. PET bales has unveiled three products made with recycled polyester and nylon.

TruClean fabric from Unifi.

Company expands wind turbine recycling operation

by Jared Paben

Wind turbines generate clean and renewable power, but when their blades reach end-of-life, the options – burning or landfilling – aren’t so green.

The Corema system in place at a facility.

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