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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]

Researchers tout benefits of a US bottle bill

Published: May 5, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Researchers estimate over 74 billion PET bottles were landfilled, burned or littered in the U.S. in 2019. | Teerasak Ladnongkhun / Shutterstock

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A new report estimates that a nationwide bottle deposit program would reduce the number of drink containers each American wastes to 67 per year, down from 426 under the status quo.

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APR recognizes recyclability of packaging technologies

Published: April 28, 2021
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Many plastic cosmetic tubes against a white background.

A cosmetic tube technology was approved by APR for its compatibility with recycling processes. | nikitabuida / Shutterstock

HDPE tubes, PET aerosol containers and PP thermoforms were among the packaging innovations that received recyclability recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently.

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Ohio PET reclaimer begins $22 million expansion

Published: April 22, 2021
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View of the Evergreen facility in Ohio.

The Evergreen facility in Ohio will expand and increase production of food-grade RPET. | Courtesy of Evergreen

Evergreen has launched a project to double its food-grade RPET capacity to 80 million pounds per year. A company leader noted the initiative harnesses “the latest and greatest technology.”

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Global companies make recycled plastic moves

Published: April 14, 2021
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Selection of recycled-content plastic products from Tupperware Brands Corporation

Eastman is now supplying its Tritan Renew brand recycled resin to Tupperware Brands Corporation, which is using it to produce containers. | Courtesy of Tupperware Brands Corporation.

Three virgin plastics producers expand their recycled-resin offerings, and a chemically recycled copolyester finds a home in Tupperware food and drink containers.

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Details on NERC’s diversity-building scholarship program

Published: April 14, 2021
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Diversity concept with various color head icons.

NERC’s Next Generation Scholarship Fund is just one of multiple conversations the group is having on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion. | Lightspring/Shutterstock

Leaders at the Northeast Recycling Council recently explained how they’ll use a new scholarship fund to help boost racial diversity in the next generation of recycling industry professionals.

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State awards grants to boost plastics recycling

Published: April 7, 2021
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Multicolored PET bottle flakes for recycling.

North Carolina will invest nearly half a million dollars in grants to 16 recyclables processors. | Nordroden/Shutterstock

North Carolina will help pay for projects to improve PP sorting, recover mixed-color bottle flakes, shred old curbside carts, collect laboratory plastics and more.

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EPA hears divergent opinions on chemical recycling

Published: April 7, 2021
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Plastic baled for recycling.

The U.S. EPA is considering changing the calculation methodology for determining the nation’s recycling rate. | Rokas Tenys/Shutterstock

If a process breaks down scrap plastics into chemicals that are later used to make new plastic, should the federal government consider that “recycling?” What if the end product is a fuel that is combusted?

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Sorting facilities receive PP recovery funds

Published: April 7, 2021
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PP tubs and lids baled for recycling.

One million dollars in grants will go to pay for PP sorting equipment and efforts to communicate to households that PP is accepted in their curbside programs. | Courtesy of KW Plastics.

Materials recovery facilities in Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas will receive financial support to enable PP recovery.

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