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About Colin Staub

Colin-StaubColin Staub has been a reporter at Resource Recycling since January 2017. Before that he worked as a reporter at the weekly newspaper in Newberg, Oregon, and has been a freelance writer at other publications in Portland. He can be contacted at [email protected]

REMADE will fund numerous plastics recycling efforts

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The REMADE Institute issued funding to projects exploring a variety of plastics recycling technologies. | Olivier Le Queinec/Shutterstock

A federal initiative focused on energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing recently selected more than a dozen plastics recycling projects to support. They include efforts advancing PET recovery, mixed-plastics processing, chemical recycling and more.

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Brand goals drive recycling growth for Indorama

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Indorama noted it has recycling expansion projects in the works that will grow the company’s PET recycling capacity by roughly 600,000 metric tons per year. | Pavel Kapysh/Shutterstock

Global resin producer Indorama Ventures plans to continue its expansion in the PET recycling sector this year, the company recently announced in financial filings.

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Companies announce film recycling innovations

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Film supplier INDEVCO Plastics announced its launch of industrial films and bags that use up to 50% recycled resin, including both post-consumer and post-industrial content. | Mabeline72/Shutterstock

Two film suppliers recently expanded their offerings with recycled-content films. Meanwhile, an Australian project began producing a concrete-alternative from post-consumer flexible packaging.

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Global group looks to support chemical recycling projects

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The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is accepting funding applications for chemical recycling projects through April 30.| paul prescott/Shutterstock

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is accepting applications to provide up to $20 million for individual chemical recycling ventures, according to a recent request for proposals.

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Recycling policy continues to churn in statehouses

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Massachusetts is the latest state to propose extended producer responsibility for packaging, the largest component of the residential recycling stream. | Thanatos Media/Shutterstock

An expansive packaging stewardship proposal was recently introduced in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, a bill providing state assistance to bolster recycling markets has cleared both legislative chambers in Maryland.

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Details on a Canadian e-plastics operation

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BoMET is one of a number of North American companies that saw that opportunity and are investing to expand their e-plastics processing capacity. | Courtesy of BoMET Polymer Solutions

BoMET Polymer Solutions is actively sourcing e-plastics from electronics recycling firms for the company’s Ontario processing facility, where it produces pellets and regrind for sale to manufacturers.

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