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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]

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

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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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CARE reaches legal settlement with California regulators

Published: March 31, 2021
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Old carpet cut and rolled for disposal.

California regulators had fined the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), accusing the stewardship group of failing to improve carpet recycling performance over several years. | optimarc/Shutterstock

A stewardship group will pay over $1 million in penalties for failing to meet California’s carpet recycling requirements, according to state officials.

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Lucent execs sentenced for federal crimes

Published: March 31, 2021
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Money laundering and securities fraud have landed two former plastics recycling executives in federal prison.  | Zolnierek/Shutterstock

Two former executives at Lucent Polymers have been sentenced to years in federal prison, after they pleaded guilty to securities fraud and money laundering charges.

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Can this deposit-like system fly in Texas?

Published: March 31, 2021
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Crews remove plastic litter from Hunting Bayou in the Houston area.

Crews remove plastic litter from Hunting Bayou in the Houston area. | Courtesy of Texans for Clean Water

Legislation being considered in Texas would create a program injecting tens of millions of dollars into the recycling system each year while also paying consumers to return plastic bottles, cups and film.

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Unilever invests in fund that acquires recycling companies

Published: March 24, 2021
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Unilever uses about 118,000 metric tons of plastic packaging in North America each year, half of which is post-consumer resin. | Peter Bueno/Shutterstock

Unilever North America will invest $15 million in the Closed Loop Partners Leadership Fund, a private equity platform that helps grow companies in the recycling value chain.

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