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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]

How brands plan to work toward ambitious 2025 goals

Published: June 16, 2021
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A group of 100 U.S. brand owners and other stakeholders have laid out a roadmap for achieving various plastics sustainability objectives. | AngieYeoh / Shutterstock

The U.S. Plastics Pact this week laid out its five-year plan for increasing recycled plastic use and boosting recycling rates, among other objectives.

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EPR legislation advances in some states, stalls in others

Published: June 16, 2021
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A substantial EPR bill is moving forward in the Oregon legislature. | Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock

Bills establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials were introduced in a handful of states this year. Several have failed to gain traction, but at least two key proposals remain active.

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Plastics-to-fuel company developing $680 million facility

Published: June 9, 2021
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More than 100 employees will be hired to work at Brightmark’s upcoming $680 million Georgia plant. | Frank Fiedler / Shutterstock

Brightmark this week announced it will build a second facility bringing in mixed plastics for chemical recycling. To be located in Georgia, the plant will have a processing capacity of 800 million pounds per year.

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EPA budget request emphasizes recycling

Published: June 9, 2021
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The Biden-Harris EPA budget proposal allocates $10 million for a pilot grant program to advance innovation in the recycling industry. | DanielJohn / Shutterstock

The Biden-Harris administration requested $11.2 billion for the U.S. EPA for 2022, and the agency proposes to slightly increase funding to the EPA’s Waste Minimization and Recycling Program.

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Water bottler to build second recycling operation

Published: June 3, 2021
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CG Roxane’s San Bernardino, Calif. facility is capable of processing 35 million pounds of RPET annually. The new plant in Tennessee will have the same capacity. | Courtesy of CG Roxane

CG Roxane has broken ground on a recycled PET facility in Tennessee that’s slated to open within a year. The company says the new site will help it hit 50% RPET in its products nationally.

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Plastics giants snatch up CarbonLite plants via auction

Published: May 26, 2021
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Equipment in CarbonLite’s Dallas PET recycling facility. Indorama Ventures submitted the high bid to acquire the plant during an auction this week.

As part of a bankruptcy case, DAK Americas, Indorama Ventures and The Sterling Group have submitted the high bids to acquire CarbonLite’s PET recycling facilities.

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Plastic exports increase in the first quarter

Published: May 26, 2021
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U.S. exports of scrap plastics increased in the first quarter of 2021, with Malaysia as the largest overseas destination. | WWK Photography / Shutterstock

Recovered plastic exports from the U.S. were up in the first three months of 2021 compared with the prior year. Canada brought in nearly a third of all exported material.

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Industry group adopts position on environmental justice

Published: May 26, 2021
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ISRI’s adopted position comes as environmental justice is a growing topic of discussion within the recycling sector. | thirawatana phaisalratana / Shutterstock

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recently affirmed its support for the “broad objectives” of the environmental justice movement, including equitable treatment for all people, positive contribution to surrounding communities, and more.

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Turkey will ban scrap polyethylene imports

Published: May 26, 2021
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U.S. exporters shipped 2.9 million pounds of scrap PE to Turkey in the first quarter of 2021. | Kachor Valentyna / Shutterstock

The Turkish government this month announced it will end imports of recovered PE. The country is currently the 10th largest importer of the material from the U.S.

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