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Oregon deposit return rate increased in 2019

by Colin Staub

Consumers in Oregon last year returned 86% of all beverage containers covered under the state’s container deposit program, according to newly released figures.

Empty plastic bottles for recycling.

Plastic exports drop 18% in first half of 2020

by Colin Staub

New trade figures show lower year-over-year exports of recovered plastic from January to June. The decline was largely driven by less material going to India.

One curbside plastic grade sees price hike

by RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price of natural HDPE bales increased by 22% this month, whereas post-consumer PET bales have remained at a low level.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

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.

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.

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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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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