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Calif. subsidy hike could stem bottle bill ‘crisis’

by Colin Staub

Redemption center closures continue to plague California, leaving fewer convenient options for beverage container returns and contributing to a decrease in the state’s redemption rate.

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Petcore Europe reports on thermoform recycling progress

by Jared Paben

In Europe, thermoform packaging is using more and more RPET content, but impediments remain to efficient recycling of the thermoforms themselves. A workshop recently discussed the issues.

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Mixed pricing news for recovered plastics

by Staff

Over the past month, recovered PET and film values have fallen, but HDPE grades have seen slight increases.


Connect to more PCR at Plastics Recycling 2018

The Plastics Recycling Conference, set for Tennessee next February, brings together all the links in the plastics recycling chain. And that can be especially valuable for converters, brand owners and others looking to leverage more recycled content.

Meet suppliers, find downstream partners, hear the latest on technical innovations, broaden your understanding of pricing trends, and much more.

Plastics Recycling 2018 is set for Feb. 19-21 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2017 show drew nearly 1,700 attendees from 40 countries, and the sold-out exhibit hall featured 200 industry businesses and groups. Head to to register and get all the latest info.

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What comes after the slump

by Jared Paben

After experiencing years of low material prices, the recycling industry has finally seen a sustained uptick. The leader of ISRI and a commodities expert at the group discuss what it means and offer some thoughts on where operators should focus their attention now.

Economic encouragement

by Blair Pollock and Chantal Fryer

An effort in North and South Carolina looks to boost plastic bottle recovery by showing residents the job-creation power of materials diversion. If the general public buys in, the strategy may point the way to a fresh outreach approach.

Reclaimer in Focus: Birch Plastics

by Jared Paben

The story of Birch Plastics has been one of branching out. What started in 2001 as a plastics trader operating out of a 5,000-square-foot building is, today, one of the country’s largest post-industrial plastics recycling operations. And Birch is continuing to push forward.

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