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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]

Companies plan Texas chemical recycling facility

Published: November 3, 2021
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TotalEnergies sign on company building exterior.

TotalEnergies will use chemically recycled plastics in producing new resin that goes into items including flexible and rigid food packaging. | HJBC/Shutterstock

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

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Waste Management increased plastics collection in 2020

Published: October 20, 2021
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Waste Management company logo on building.

Waste Management operates 52 single-stream materials recovery facilities (MRFs), 30 commercial recycling plants, and various other recycling- and composting-related facilities. | Ken Wolter / Shutterstock

The largest North American hauler recovered significantly more plastic in 2020 compared with the prior year, the company recently reported. Waste Management also offered details on recent recycling investments and offered its outlook on domestic markets.

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Amid shipping crisis, recycling loads often ‘first to get cut’

Published: October 20, 2021
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Cargo stacked at port in Indonesia.

Global shipping constraints are impacting recycled plastics traders in unique ways. | Creativa Images / Shutterstock

Strife in the global shipping sector continues to impact North American recycling, with companies experiencing higher rates as well as decreased shipping availability and reliability.

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Report examines how to boost recycling markets in Texas

Published: October 20, 2021
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Bales of plastics in a recycling facility.

A new report shows the bulk of recyclables collected in Texas are processed at 31 MRFs. | RYosha / Shutterstock

A comprehensive look at the Lone Star State’s recycling system identified several strategies governments can use to bolster recycling market development in their jurisdictions, including recycled-content mandates and public procurement policies.

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Recycling labeling debate primed to heat up nationally

Published: October 13, 2021
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Industry stakeholders say a restrictive labeling rule in California could stymie collection of polypropylene. | Allexxandar / Shutterstock

As California regulators gear up to write statewide guidelines for which products are “recyclable,” analysts say the process – spurred by recent legislation – will have national impacts.

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Facility operators reflect on a turbulent few years

Published: October 6, 2021
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Screenshot from the 2021 Resource Recycling Conference session.

Materials recovery facility (MRF) operators shared their insights in a session at this year’s Resource Recycling Conference, held virtually in August.

Running a successful materials recovery facility (MRF) means adapting to a changing stream, investing to upgrade equipment and navigating end market uncertainty. Three prominent MRF leaders recently shared how they’re approaching these challenges.

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California governor signs labeling and exports bills

Published: October 6, 2021
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Gavin Newsom, California governor.

In a statement, Newsom said the bills will raise consumer awareness and promote industry accountability. | Jana Asenbrennerova / Shutterstock

A high-profile bill restricting the use of recyclability labeling on products in California was signed into law this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom also signed legislation classifying mixed-plastic exports out of the state as “disposal.”

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