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About Jared Paben

Jared PabenAssociate Editor Jared Paben has worked for Resource Recycling since December 2014. Most of his earlier career was spent as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Bellingham, Wash., but he also has experience working for the Oregon volunteerism commission and for Oregon nonprofits serving low-income populations. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Trex reports higher sales and profits for 2020

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Trex, which recycles PE film and wood fibers into composite lumber, reported 2020 sales were up 18% over the prior year. | H_Ko/Shutterstock

COVID-19 failed to dent profitability at Trex, which recycles scrap film into composite lumber. In fact, the opposite happened: Sales and profits both jumped sharply last year.

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Plastic packaging innovations get recyclability nods

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers recently issued several letters to packaging companies recognizing their innovations as compatible with plastics recycling processes. | Trong Nguyen/Shutterstock

A slew of packaging products – a plastic aerosol can, multi-layer HDPE bottle, bottle and film labels – recently received recognition for their compatibility with plastics recycling processes.

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Eastman offers details on $250M depolymerization plant

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Eastman Chemical facility in Kingsport, Tenn.

Eastman Chemical Co. announced it will invest $250 million over two years to build a methanolysis plant at its Kingsport, Tenn. facility. | William Griffith/Shutterstock

Eastman’s plastics sorting capabilities and complementary chemical recycling technologies will help it cost-effectively secure the ample feedstock supply needed for a huge methanolysis plant, the company’s CEO said.

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Film producer releases offering with 50% PCR

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INDEVCO Plastics’s new 50% PCR film is used for bundling food and beverage products in multi-unit packages. | Itsanan/Shutterstock

PCR supplied through a partnership between Avangard Innovative and Dow is now being used to create a 50% recycled-content shrink bundling film.

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How a pyrolysis firm handles EnergyBag plastics

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Nexus truck and tanks.

The CEO of Nexus Fuels told Plastics Recycling Update how his company uses its pyrolysis technology to convert the mix of post-consumer plastics collected at the curb into chemical and wax products. | Nexus Fuels

For the past two years, difficult-to-recycle plastics have been collected in Cobb County, Ga. through the Hefty EnergyBag program. A downstream processor recently described what happens to that material.

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Reuters: Renew Oceans project shuts down

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Plastic waste lines the banks of the Ganges river in Calcutta, India.

Unnamed sources told Reuters that Renew Oceans captured only one metric ton of plastic waste from the Ganges River, far short of publicly stated goals. | photo stock india/Shutterstock

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A touted initiative from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste ceased operations in India nearly a year ago, and it’s not expected to be revived.

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