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About Marissa Heffernan

Marissa HeffernanMarissa Heffernan started working for Resource Recycling in January 2022 after spending several years as a reporter at a daily newspaper in Southwest Washington. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Recyclable, light-blocking shrink sleeve patented

Published: May 15, 2024
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Brook + Whittle’s GreenLabel BlockOut product is a crystallizable shrink sleeve, which is used with de-inkable inks and a functional barrier coating. | Courtesy of Brook + Whittle

A Connecticut-based manufacturer of shrink sleeves and flexible packaging has secured a U.S. patent for a coating that both blocks light and works in the existing recycling system.  Continue Reading

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Colgate-Palmolive will also miss some 2025 sustainability goals

Published: May 15, 2024
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Colgate-Palmolive said several challenges may require work beyond 2025, the target date for many of its sustainability goals. | Ungvar/Shutterstock

As the 2025 sustainability deadlines set by many brands get closer, another global heavyweight has announced that it will likely miss some of its target goals.  Continue Reading

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Stakeholders react to CalRecycle director pick

Published: May 15, 2024
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Coming from inside the ranks of the state agency, Zoe Heller was appointed director of the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. | Rarrarorro/Shutterstock

California’s sizable waste reduction and recycling agency has a new leader in Zoe Heller, who was recently appointed director of the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. Industry leaders praised her integrity, thoughtfulness and collaboration skills. Continue Reading

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How Exxon, others are building chemical recycling supply

Published: May 9, 2023
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From left: Dan Leif, Holli Alexander and Candace Rutherford. | Big Wave Productions/Plastics Recycling Update

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Chemical recyclers are forging partnerships, eyeing underutilized material streams and getting creative to secure enough supply to feed their ambitious plans, according to leaders in the sector.  Continue Reading

Stina: Squeeze tubes reaching recyclability threshold

Published: May 1, 2024
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Stina reported that 90% of toothpaste tubes and over 75% of all HDPE plastic squeeze tubes on the U.S market have designs compatible with color HDPE recycling streams. | ILYA AKINSHIN/Shutterstock

After nearly a decade of work, 90% of toothpaste tubes and over 75% of all HDPE plastic squeeze tubes on the U.S market have designs compatible with color HDPE recycling streams, Stina Inc. recently reported. Continue Reading

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INC-4 starts revisions, runs into tension on production

Published: May 1, 2024
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The week of negotiations had moments of both hope and frustration for delegates, who are racing against the clock to create a final treaty. | Photo courtesy of IISD/ENB Kiara Worth

The fourth meeting to draft a global plastic pollution treaty ended just after 3 a.m. on April 30 with general agreement on the need for global rules and mandates on product design, composition, performance and extended producer responsibility. 

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