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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]

Firms to face vaccine policy considerations

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Closeup of a syringe and vaccine vial.

An employment lawyer recently said there isn’t a clear answer yet on whether non-healthcare employers can force employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, but there are some indications they’ll be allowed to. | Rohane Hamilton/Shutterstock

As the country gets closer to coronavirus vaccine approvals and distribution, recycling business managers may soon face a thorny question: whether to force employees to take the vaccine.

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AmSty aims to increase PCR in food packaging

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Polystyrene food containers.

American Styrenics noted that chemical recycling technologies will be key to helping it achieve its goals of boosting recycled-content in foodservice packaging. | Karina Serova/Shutterstock

Polystyrene producer Americas Styrenics announced a goal of having 25% recycled content in foodservice and food packaging products by 2030.

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CarbonLite starts pelletizing material from caps and labels

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CarbonLite's Reading, Pa. facility exterior at night.

CarbonLite’s 270,000-square-foot Reading, Pa. facility will eventually have the annual capacity to process 140 million pounds of post-consumer PET. | Courtesy of CarbonLite.

A major PET reclaimer has entered the polyolefins recycling business. The company also recently began production at a large facility in Pennsylvania.

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Plastics producers tout pyrolysis achievements

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Sabic logo on website, seen through magnifying glass.

Virgin plastics producer SABIC will supply recycled resin derived from post-consumer mixed plastics for beauty products packaging. | Casimiro PT/Shutterstock

Three virgin plastics companies recently announced developments in the area of chemical recycling. The following are summaries of the news from Chevron Phillips Chemical, SABIC and BASF.

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Film specialist puts $20 million behind capacity growth

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) with Sean Whiteley, Revolution's CEO, at an event announcing the film processor's expansion.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) with Sean Whiteley, Revolution’s CEO, at an event announcing the film processor’s expansion. | Lyndsay D. Photography

Revolution, a polyethylene reclaimer and recycled-plastic products manufacturer, is investing in its Arkansas site to boost its ability to produce recycled-content films.

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