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Arizona partnership micro-factory will process PP, PE

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For years, recycling collection has focused on centralizing material and processing high volumes. An Arizona project is exploring other options with a micro-factory.

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Recycled plastic end user reports higher sales

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Advanced Drainage Systems, the largest plastics recycling company in North America, increased sales at the end of 2023 as it experienced rising demand for its water management products.

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‘Fraud’ report traces history of recycling campaigns

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A new report, “The Fraud of Plastic Recycling,” argues there has been a “decades-long campaign of fraud and deception about the recyclability of plastics.” In response, recycling groups highlighted current plastics diversion successes and technology investments.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

The cost of transformation

by Scott Mouw and Cody Marshall

A major industry report indicates investment of $17 billion is needed to fully optimize municipal recycling in the U.S. Here’s a look at how that number was determined.

How to hit the targets

by Dan Felton

With brand owner goals for recycled plastic usage increasingly common, a study from one industry group evaluates supply and demand realities for plastic resins, offering considerations to push progress on PCR.

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Reclaimer in Focus: PlastiCycle

by Marissa Heffernan

PlastiCycle is set to double its processing capacity and invest in a wash line as part of a $6 million expansion project.

Inside the PlastiCycle facility.

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FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY

A new approach to sorting PET and more at MRFs

by Jared Paben

An autonomous system developed by Bulk Handling Systems is really more of a sorting loop than a sorting line.

BHS container sorting loop rendering.

PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

by Jared Paben

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

AMP Robotics installation team.

How a de-dusting system cleaned up RPET sheets

by Jared Paben

Specialized equipment is reducing the presence of gels in rPlanet Earth’s RPET sheets, allowing the Southern California-based reclaimer to sell them for higher prices.

Pelletron De-Duster installed on site.

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