For decades, the recycling world has relied on weight-based recycling goals to drive materials recovery and, with it, reduce environmental harm.
The California legislature passed a bill requiring beverage companies to publicly report the amount of post-consumer PET they use. And a separate piece of legislation sent to the governor extends a plastics-recycling subsidy programs for one year.
A growing number of Canadian residents can now recycle plastic film and expanded polystyrene, two materials that have lagged behind plastic containers in terms of recycling access.
Composite lumber manufacturer Trex is reducing the amount of recycled polyethylene it buys and sells, even while the company continues to post record profits.
Over the past two years, Coca-Cola has boosted its recycled PET production capabilities by 20 percent, opening facilities and recycling lines in nine different countries. It now uses recycled PET in 24 countries.
A memo circulating within California’s waste management agency says the packaging industry has failed to offer up viable voluntary options to help the state significantly cut down the amount of packaging material going to disposal.