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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]

Company produces mixed-plastics bolt-on system

Published: December 22, 2021
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ByBlock from ByFusion

ByBlocks can be made from almost any combination of low-grade, contaminated scrap plastics, which don’t need to be washed or pre-processed before going into the ByFusion line. | Courtesy of ByFusion

ByFusion, an equipment supplier based in Los Angeles, is selling a modular system that processes low-grade mixed plastics into construction products.

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LDPE recycling firm Circulus plans ambitious rollout

Published: December 15, 2021
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Circulus facility interior.

The processing line at Circulus gives the company the ability to easily switch between processing LDPE, PP and HDPE, although its initial primary focus is on LDPE film. | Courtesy of Circulus

A film recycling company that recently opened its first facility in California aims to launch two additional plants in the U.S. next year, with more on the way in the future.

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Greenpeace and Walmart continue renewed legal battle

Published: December 15, 2021
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Walmart store exterior.

The Greenpeace lawsuit focuses on Walmart’s use of the How2Recycle label on certain of the company’s private label plastic packaging. | QualityHD/Shutterstock

A lawsuit alleging Walmart deceives customers about recyclability of its packaging has been reopened. Attorneys for Greenpeace expect their complaint, which was previously dismissed by a federal judge, will be allowed to move forward in its amended form.

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Multiple factors constraining food-contact PCR supply

Published: December 8, 2021
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A newly published study set out to explore the barriers and possible solutions to growing the use of recycled plastic in food-contact-suitable applications. | StanislauV/Shutterstock

Contaminating additives and declining recycling rates for food packaging are limiting growth in production of food-grade recycled resin, according to research from a consulting firm.

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Plastic exports take a tumble in third quarter

Published: December 8, 2021
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The U.S. exported 288.3 million pounds of scrap plastic during the third quarter, down 24% year over year. | 28 November Studio/Shutterstock

U.S. scrap plastic exports continued a precipitous year-over-year decline moving into the second half of the year, with several large destinations substantially reducing imports.

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KW Plastics adds dedicated polypropylene wash line

Published: December 1, 2021
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View of KW Plastics' new wash line for PP recycling

KW’s new PP wash line has a full capacity of 100 million pounds per year. | Credit: Scott Saunders

KW Plastics in the past month started up a polypropylene wash line that will increase its processing capacity by 100 million pounds per year. Company General Manager Scott Saunders said the line will boost efficiency.

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Plastic pollution draws federal and global attention

Published: December 1, 2021
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The U.S. Secretary of State has indicated U.S. support for a global plastics pollution treaty. | Gerain0812/Shutterstock

The U.S. has signaled support for a worldwide agreement to reduce marine plastic pollution. Meanwhile, the EU is drafting stricter export rules, a watchdog group is mapping plastic dump sites, and researchers shared findings on the greenhouse gas impacts of virgin plastic shipments.

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TerraCycle and brands settle California labeling lawsuit

Published: November 17, 2021
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Per a court settlement, TerraCycle will implement label changes and a supply chain certification program. | Sebastian Duda/Shutterstock

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.

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US PET bottle recycling rate continues to sink

Published: November 3, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Data shows that in 2020 PET bottles notched a 26.6% collection rate in the U.S., down from 27.9% in 2019. | Torychemistry/Shutterstock

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.

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NOVA and film producer increase post-consumer resin use

Published: November 3, 2021
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Nova Chemicals line of PCR.

NOVA Chemicals noted that rising demand for recycled resin is tied to consumer buying preferences. | Courtesy of NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals is expanding its PCR business to produce resin made with more recycled plastic, which will be supplied to Charter Next Generation for use in a range of non-food flexible film applications.

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