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End-market effort grows demand by nearly 7 million pounds

by Colin Staub

The Association of Plastic Recyclers says its Demand Champions effort has helped pull more plastic through the recycling system in its first year.

Various plastic bottles to be recycled.

A glimpse at the technology inside rPlanet Earth

by Jared Paben

A huge PET recycling plant has begun operations in the Los Angeles area, and details have been released about equipment working in the vertically integrated facility.

Equipment inside rPlanet Earth facility.

PepsiCo signs deal to buy RPET from startup

by Jared Paben

A depolymerization technology firm has landed an RPET sales deal with one of the world’s largest food and drink companies.

Pepsi bottles on a retail shelf.

FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Georgia reclaimer embraces expanded capabilities

by Dan Leif

Growing has become modus operandi for reclaimer US Plastics Recovery, which recently moved into a 75,000-square-foot space and is looking to triple its capacity this year.

Commercialization conundrum

by Jared Paben

Stakeholders have worked hard to develop recycling-friendly shrink-sleeve bottle labels, but brand owners have not yet adopted the idea on a large scale. Here’s a look at all the factors at play.

Size reduction done right

by Rafael Reveles

An expert in shredding and granulating explains how to choose the right machine and then customize it to maximum effect.

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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

FDA issues slew of letters for food-contact recycled plastics

by Jared Paben

A recycling process using a rotary drum and infrared radiation effectively decontaminates PET, according to the FDA. The agency also gave a nod to recycling a PP/HDPE blend into food packaging.

green plastic bottles

High-level deals bolster multi-layer film recycling tech

by Jared Paben

A global flexible packaging producer has partnered with a German recycling technology company to process multi-layer film scrap via a solvent-based technique.

APK_Newcycling plant

Recovering metal-LDPE mix from carton residue

by Jared Paben

After paper recycling companies extract fiber from cartons, they’re often left with a plastic-aluminum mix that’s sent to disposal. An Italian company has begun recycling that mix into pellet.

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