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California recycling overhaul is now law

Published: June 30, 2022
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Legislators have approved EPR for printed paper and packaging in California. | Kit Leong/Shutterstock

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California’s printed paper and packaging extended producer responsibility bill passed the state Senate unanimously June 30 and was signed into law, just before the deadline to pull a plastic-tax measure from November’s state ballot.

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Bottle cap effort highlights recycling as pollution solution

Published: June 29, 2022
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Students in Conn. with collected bottle caps.

Connecticut students collected nearly 4 tons of bottle caps for recycling through a collaborative effort. | Courtesy of SoundWaters

Connecticut middle school students, with help from processor UltraPoly and other entities, recently collected 2.5 million plastic caps and recycled them into end products as part of a lesson on microplastics.

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Keurig Dr Pepper achieves 11% PCR use

Published: June 29, 2022
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Keurig Dr Pepper’s recent sustainability report noted progress toward the company’s goal of 25% PCR use by 2025. | Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

One of North America’s largest beverage brand owners greatly increased its use of recycled resins last year, mainly by rolling out 100% RPET bottles for specific brands.

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PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

Published: June 22, 2022
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AMP Robotics installation team.

A Fresno, California MRF leveraged grant funding to install robotic sortation equipment to recover more PP. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

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Future of recycling policy in California could be decided soon

Published: June 22, 2022
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California legislators, environmentalists and industry groups are working on a plastics pollution and recycling bill that they hope will persuade ballot measure backers to withdraw their initiative before the deadline at the end of this month. | rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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APR meeting covers need for data, policy updates

Published: June 15, 2022
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Screenshot of The Recycling Partnership's recycling database

At the recent Association of Plastic Recyclers member meeting, The Recycling Partnership presented on their packaging recyclability database. | Screenshot of video showing database in use.

At the June Association of Plastic Recyclers members meeting, speakers shared insights on policy, data collection and a shifting tone in how the sector portrays itself.

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