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Lead contamination case involves plastics recycling firm

by Colin Staub

A trucking company connected to KW Plastics will pay more than $3 million in a settlement with the federal government. The case stems from improper transport of hazardous material to a KW recycling facility in California.

A court gavel on an open book.

Articles highlight ‘crisis’ in US plastics recycling

by Colin Staub

Mainstream media seems to be intensifying its coverage of plastics management problems, a trend emblemized this week by the launch of a series in The Guardian newspaper.

Stack of folded newspapers.

In My Opinion: Let’s not miss potential of emerging models

by Priyanka Bakaya, Renewlogy

The chair of the ACC’s Chemical Recycling Alliance says the time is right for pyrolysis and other methods to make a real impact on plastics circularity. But stakeholder support is critical.

Mixed plastics / serthayos_sansuwansri, Shutterstock

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

Group OKs perforated PET bottle label concept

by Jared Paben

A PET recycling industry group gave its temporary blessing to the use shrink sleeve labels with perforations, which will assist in sorting and recycling.

Deseaming shrink label on a P&G product bottle.

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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