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California recycling overhaul is now law

by Marissa Heffernan

California’s printed paper and packaging extended producer responsibility bill passed the state Senate unanimously today, just before the deadline to pull a plastic-tax measure from November’s state ballot.

California state capitol building.

Global petrochemical company plans Midwest recycling plant

by Marissa Heffernan

The U.S. subsidiary of Thailand-based plastic manufacturer PTT Global Chemical is moving toward a recycled plastic manufacturing facility in central Ohio.

Bottle cap effort highlights recycling as pollution solution

by Marissa Heffernan

Connecticut middle school students, with help from processor UltraPoly and other entities, recently collected 2.5 million plastic caps and recycled them into end products as part of a lesson on microplastics.

Students in Conn. with collected bottle caps.

Keurig Dr Pepper achieves 11% PCR use

by Jared Paben

One of North America’s largest beverage brand owners greatly increased its use of recycled resins last year, mainly by rolling out 100% RPET bottles for specific brands.

Keurig Dr Pepper logo on company building.

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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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Scientists develop catalytic hydrocracking for mixed plastics

by Jared Paben

A Johns Hopkins University team has developed a catalytic hydrocracking process that converts mixed plastics into the chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.

Test tubes in a lab.

Plastics companies, Houston sign chemical recycling MOU

by Jared Paben

LyondellBasell and ExxonMobil were among the companies that signed an agreement to advance chemical recycling for household plastic scrap in Houston.

European panel OKs PET recycling technologies

by Jared Paben

A food-safety panel approved 17 applications to use Starlinger, SML and Protec technologies to recycle post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging. It rejected two other requests.

PET bottles gathered for recycling.

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