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Federal study finds 86% of US plastic landfilled in 2019

Published: May 4, 2022
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Federal researchers found study also found that only about 5% of discarded plastic in the U.S. was recycled in 2019, while 86% was left in landfills and 9% was burned to generate electricity. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

A study from the U.S. Department of Energy estimated the amount of plastic discarded in the U.S. in 2019 was 44 million metric tons, higher than other estimates.

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Recycling startups report resolution to legal issues

Published: May 4, 2022
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An SEC fact-finding investigation into PP recycling startup PureCycle recently concluded without further action. | AevanStock/Shutterstock

PET recycling startup Loop Industries agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit from investors, and regulators have ended their investigation of PP recycling startup PureCycle Technologies without taking further action.

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Circular economy drawing investment interest

Published: May 4, 2022
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Investor interest in waste reduction and recycling is rising steadily, according to an investment manager. | Sittipong Phokawattana/Shutterstock

As aspirations for a circular economy continue to gain traction, some financial index providers are urging investors to take notice of what they call an emerging opportunity.

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Plant pot maker plans new facility with PCR focus

Published: April 26, 2022
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Michigan-based East Jordan Plastics recycles over 20 million pounds of horticultural containers each year. | apple2499/Shutterstock

East Jordan Plastics, one of the largest horticultural container manufacturers in North America, announced it will build a $44 million facility in Lyons, Ga.

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Film extruder moving into recycled plastic molding

Published: April 26, 2022
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The owner and president of US Premium Molders said Berwick was chosen for its easy access to the major interstates and proximity to the metropolitan markets. | SevenMaps/Shutterstock

US Premium Plastics is expanding into the injection molding business and recently signed a lease in Berwick, Pa.

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US plastic recycling numbers continue to fall

Published: April 26, 2022
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Broken down by scrap type, a study found that bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics and other plastics all saw declines individually in 2020. | TeuNg StyLe/Shutterstock

The U.S. is processing more of its scrap plastic domestically, but the overall weight of plastic recycled in 2020 dropped just under 6% from 2019, according to an annual industry report.

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ExxonMobil, others roll out chemical recycling updates

Published: April 26, 2022
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Packaging companies recently announced they will purchase recycled resin produced through ExxonMobil’s chemical recycling technology. | Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Multiple companies announced they will be increasing their use of chemically recycled plastics in pursuit of their recycled-content goals, and a consumer goods group said it supports chemical recycling.

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