Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from November 2021

Unilever company logo on building in Warsaw, Poland.

News around PCR use among major global brands was of interest to readers last month. | Konektus Photo/Shutterstock

A mix of articles covering recycling rates, brand owner actions, a legal settlement and more drew ample clicks last month.

The list below shows our top stories published in November in terms of unique page views.

1 | US PET bottle recycling rate continues to sink
Demand for RPET increased 10% in 2020, but it was accompanied by a decrease in PET bottle collection, according to an annual report from the National Association for PET Container Resources.

2 | MacArthur Foundation: Coca-Cola and others boost PCR use
Global packaged goods companies disclosed their post-consumer resin usage for 2020, and most of the biggies reported purchasing more recycled plastic than the year before.

3 | TerraCycle and brands settle California labeling lawsuit
A legal action alleging TerraCycle is misleading consumers about its recycling programs has been settled. TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said some of the settlement terms cover work the company was already carrying out internally, but one labeling change is new.

4 | Companies plan Texas chemical recycling facility
A Texas plant will use chemical recycling technology to convert 66 million pounds per year of scrap plastic into feedstock for new resin production.

5 | APR: Industry input crucial to implementing state bills
Three West Coast states have signed sweeping recycling bills. Now the real work begins to hash out the details on how the policies will affect the plastics recycling industry.


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