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The most popular plastics recycling technology stories of 2019

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News about a pouch made of 20% post-consumer plastic captured clicks in 2019. | Courtesy of Mondi.

Readers of our Plastics Recycling Update: Technology Edition newsletter were drawn to stories about equipment and additive innovations, brand owner investments, PCR use in packaging and, in particular, food-contact approvals in the U.S. and Europe.

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Companies embrace invisible barcode to aid in sorting

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This photo shows the optical sorter module developed to test the sorting of packaging with the Digimarc digital marker. The barcode scanning system works in conjunction with NIR identification. | Courtesy of Digimarc.

A major packaging producer will begin using a discrete barcode technology that can provide optical sorters with critical recycling information.

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How a new domestic end market for HDPE emerged

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Michael Pluimer of Crossroad Engineering Services gathers data on the performance of recycled-HDPE corrugated pipe in southeastern Pennsylvania. | Courtesy of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS).

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A group’s green light to use recycled HDPE in road drainage pipes opens a potentially massive market for recovered plastic. Officials recently explained the work that drove the decision.

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Project quantifies potential of secondary sortation

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A close-up view shows the wide variety of materials in the mixed-plastic bales. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling, Inc.

A demonstration project found that by routing mixed bales and MRF residue to a central sorting location, more than 17,000 tons of additional plastics could be captured in the Pacific Northwest each year.

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Federal effort supports energy-efficient recycling tech

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Plastics Innovation Challenge will promote production of plastic products that are recyclable by design. | Jer123/Shutterstock

A U.S. Department of Energy initiative seeks to boost plastics recycling, setting a handful of goals to hit by 2030 and highlighting funding opportunities to advance technology.

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