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Pollution impacts are just a piece of environmental justice

Published: October 13, 2021
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U.S. EPA official Carlton Waterhouse told an audience at the Northeast Recycling Council’s fall conference that social equity is integral to sustainability. | Sirisak Baokaew/Shutterstock

Carlton Waterhouse, a key U.S. EPA waste official, says moving toward a circular economy is not enough. Instead, society needs a “circular economy for all.” Continue Reading

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Move sets up growth for recycling test lab

Published: October 6, 2021
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Plastics testing equipment at PFE's new facility in Merrimack, N.H.

Plastics testing equipment at PFE’s new facility in Merrimack, N.H. | Courtesy of PFE

Plastics Forming Enterprises may have only moved about seven miles away, but the larger new space enables significant growth in service capabilities and capacity, company leaders said in an interview.

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California governor signs labeling and exports bills

Published: October 6, 2021
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In a statement, Newsom said the bills will raise consumer awareness and promote industry accountability. | Jana Asenbrennerova / Shutterstock

A high-profile bill restricting the use of recyclability labeling on products in California was signed into law this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom also signed legislation classifying mixed-plastic exports out of the state as “disposal.”

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California data shows PCR backsliding among major brands

Published: September 29, 2021
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PET water bottle necks.

Data from California shows some major beverage producers used lower percentages of post-consumer resin in 2020 than they did in 2019. | tezzstock / Shutterstock

The clock is ticking on California’s law mandating recycled plastic in drink bottles, and some beverage producers still have a long way to go, newly released data reveals.

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Trex CEO: Recycled plastic demand will stay strong

Published: September 29, 2021
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Trex product installed in residential yard.

Trex brings in plastic from multiple sources, primarily material coming out of commercial and industrial environments. | Courtesy of Trex

The leader of composite decking manufacturer Trex shared insights on recycled polyethylene markets and sourcing channels in an interview this week.

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Feds will consider regulating chemical recycling sector

Published: September 29, 2021
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The U.S. EPA is accepting comments on potential regulation of chemical recycling technologies until Nov. 8. | g0d4ather / Shutterstock

The U.S. EPA is exploring potential regulations for pyrolysis and gasification facilities, citing growing interest in these chemical recycling technologies.

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Judge ends Greenpeace’s labeling suit against Walmart

Published: September 22, 2021
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Walmart logo on shopping cart in store.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Greenpeace lacked standing to sue the world’s largest retailer over recyclability labeling in California. | Harun Ozmen / Shutterstock

A California court has dismissed a legal complaint Greenpeace brought against Walmart, ruling that the activist group itself was not deceived by labels indicating the corporation’s plastic packaging is recyclable.

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