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Reuters: Renew Oceans project shuts down

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Plastic waste lines the banks of the Ganges river in Calcutta, India.

Unnamed sources told Reuters that Renew Oceans captured only one metric ton of plastic waste from the Ganges River, far short of publicly stated goals. | photo stock india/Shutterstock

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A touted initiative from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste ceased operations in India nearly a year ago, and it’s not expected to be revived.

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Electronics recycling company installs e-plastics sorting system

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URT's plastic recycling line.

With a capacity of 6,000 pounds per hour, URT’s system was designed to handle the amount of shredded e-plastic generated in URT’s Janesville, Wis. plant on a single shift. | Courtesy of URT.

URT has installed equipment at its Wisconsin headquarters allowing the electronics recycling company to produce clean e-plastic fractions for sale to domestic buyers.

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Tight trucking market will persist well into 2021

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Many hauling trucks parked in a lot.

With fewer available drivers comes less available trucking supply, leading to higher prices and potential disruptions in trucking availability for those in the recycling industry. | Vitpho/Shutterstock

A driver shortage that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to create challenges for moving recyclables this year, analysts say.

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Basel changes may cause material pileup in UK

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Cargo containers stacked at a port in the U.K.

New rules took effect Jan. 1, 2021, and scrap plastic traders are already describing a chaotic situation for shipments around the world. | al clark/Shutterstock

U.K. regulators will relax restrictions on scrap plastic storage, in response to what they’re calling “disruption” caused by changes to the Basel Convention.

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Trex starts up Virginia production plant

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Baled plastic film for recycling.

The new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing and support facility is sited adjacent to Trex’s existing Virginia campus. | Vojatz/Shutterstock

A major end user of recovered PE film has completed a multi-year $200 million investment by opening a new facility in Virginia. The expansion is part of a strategy to increase production capacity by 70%.

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Our top stories from December 2020

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Nexus truck and tanks.

News that Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels signed an agreement to supply pyrolysis liquid derived from scrap plastics to Shell was of interest last month. | Courtesy of Shell.

Articles about a lawsuit aimed at Walmart’s recycling labels and passage of federal marine debris legislation are among those that drew the most clicks last month.

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Basel plastic regulations cause ‘fight for feedstock’

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Scrap plastic traders are facing challenges from increased freight rates and cancellations of bookings by shipping lines as Basel regulations are implemented. | Mariusz Bugno/Shutterstock

Industry experts say overseas buyers are struggling to source scrap plastic after new restrictions on the global trade of recovered plastic began taking effect.

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How the use of robotics is evolving at sorting facilities

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AMP Robotics tandem gripper.

A leader with AMP Robotics says artificial intelligence has changed how robotics can be incorporated into recycling facilities. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics.

A recycling facility operator and a robotics company say artificial intelligence is providing materials recovery firms with much-needed data to analyze changes in the recycling stream. That’s in addition to sortation improvements.

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