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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]

Northeast state passes chemical recycling bill

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The legislation ensures pyrolysis plants and other chemical recycling facilities are regulated as manufacturers, rather than solid waste operations. | Cascade Creatives/Shutterstock

Pennsylvania’s governor signed legislation that eases the regulatory environment for facilities that use certain technologies to process scrap plastics.

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Plastics giants announce recycling moves

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Nexus truck and tanks.

Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels signed an agreement to supply pyrolysis liquid derived from scrap plastics to Shell. | Courtesy of Shell.

The world’s largest PET producer will put massive sums of money into boosting RPET production capacity, and petrochemical companies recently described new chemical recycling collaborations.
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Firms to face vaccine policy considerations

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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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