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Packaging CEO: PCR boost to come from cooperation

Published: January 31, 2023
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Kevin Kelly, CEO of California-based Emerald Packaging, said his company already internally recycles clear scrap plastics, but needs support to reach its diversion and PCR goals. | Praethip Docekalova/Shutterstock

Post-consumer resin is the way forward, the head of flexible film producer Emerald Packaging said. But it’s going to take commitment, collaboration and follow-through from many different actors to reach full PCR potential.
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Groups rally against chemical recycling in New Mexico

Published: January 31, 2023
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So far, 21 states have passed laws classifying chemical recycling as manufacturing rather than waste disposal, changing the emissions laws the processes are subject to. | Rosemarie Mosteller/Shutterstock

Over 70 organizations and businesses signed a letter to New Mexico’s governor last week, asking her not to classify chemical recycling as recycling. Continue Reading

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Quebec plastic producer acquires polystyrene reclaimer

Published: January 31, 2023
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Pierre Beaudry, general manager for NexKemia, and Gilles Venne, director of operations for Eco-Captation, at Eco-Captation’s PS recycling plant. | Courtesy of Nexkemia

Quebec-based petrochemicals company NexKemia has acquired the assets of post-consumer polystyrene reclaimer Eco-Captation. Continue Reading

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Connecticut governor pushes EPR, content mandate

Published: January 31, 2023
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The governor plans to make his recommendations to the Connecticut Legislature during the current legislative session. | Real Window Creative/Shutterstock

Gov. Ned Lamont is looking at extended producer responsibility for packaging, better organics diversion and minimum PCR requirements to help address Connecticut’s waste management woes. Continue Reading

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PET reclaimer, packaging maker among grant recipients

Published: January 31, 2023
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The Recycling Partnership’s first round of grants is intended to help PET recyclers boost their recovery in the short term and build capacity for the long term. | DonPablo/Shutterstock

Resin company DAK Americas, recycled-content thermoforms producer Direct Pack and MRF operator Recycle Source have become the first three recipients of grants from the PET Recycling Coalition.

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7-Eleven faces amended version of recyclability suit

Published: January 18, 2023
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The revised lawsuit comes after an Illinois judge in September 2022 threw out many of plaintiff Devon Curtis’ claims. | Tiko Aramyan/Shutterstock

A Chicago resident has filed an amended lawsuit against 7-Eleven, arguing that some of the company’s “recyclable” labeling is deceptive because the products lack resin identification codes. Continue Reading

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ExxonMobil brings Texas facility on-line

Published: January 24, 2023
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ExxonMobil sign at facility in Texas.

Located at the company’s integrated manufacturing complex in Baytown, Texas, the chemicals recycling faculty is about 25 miles east of Houston. | michelmond/Shutterstock

Operations at ExxonMobil’s large-scale chemical recycling facility successfully began in mid-December, and the company is now eyeing other sites around the world.  Continue Reading

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