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Eastman unveils plans for $1B polyester depolymerization plant

Published: January 19, 2022
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Eastman CEO Mark Costa at right, with Emmanuel Marcon.

Eastman CEO Mark Costa at right, with Emmanuel Marcon at a recent meeting around the company’s investment. | Via Emmanuel Marcon Twitter, @EmmanuelMacron

Procter & Gamble, Danone, L’Oréal and other global brand owners have signed letters of intent to buy chemically recycled resin from a $1 billion plant Eastman is planning in France.

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Company produces mixed-plastics bolt-on system

Published: December 22, 2021
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ByBlock from ByFusion

ByBlocks can be made from almost any combination of low-grade, contaminated scrap plastics, which don’t need to be washed or pre-processed before going into the ByFusion line. | Courtesy of ByFusion

ByFusion, an equipment supplier based in Los Angeles, is selling a modular system that processes low-grade mixed plastics into construction products.

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California’s carpet stewardship fees to consider recycled content

Published: November 3, 2021
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Removed carpets for recycling.

One goal of the differential fee schedule, to be implemented next year, will be to provide a financial incentive to consumers to buy recycled-content carpet. | ND700/Shutterstock

If carpet has at least 10% recycled content, then California consumers will pay a lower recycling system fee at the cash register starting next April.

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Group reports 21% carpet recycling rate in California

Published: September 22, 2021
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Old carpet pieces rolled up for recycling.

CARE’s annual report notes that a total of 52.6 million pounds of materials were recycled from post-consumer carpet in California in 2020, down 10% from the year before. | ND700/Shutterstock

A stewardship group fell short of California’s carpet recycling mandate last year, despite a notable year-over-year jump in the recycling rate.

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Nebraska MRF adds plastic-lumber manufacturing line

Published: August 11, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor at a MRF.

With the planned upgrade at an Omaha materials recovery facility (MRF), sorted and processed plastics will be converted into a plastic lumber. | jantsarik / Shutterstock

Firstar Fiber is receiving a loan from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste that will help the processor convert hard-to-recycle plastics into building materials, all within the confines of the sortation site.

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TerraCycle and brands sued over recycling claims

Published: July 28, 2021
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TerraCycle logo

The lawsuit alleges TerraCycle is enabling brand owners to mislead the public on the recyclability of their products. | photo_gonzo / Shutterstock

A nonprofit environmental organization is suing TerraCycle and several major brands, saying the companies are misleading consumers about the recyclability of their products through mail-in collection programs. TerraCycle’s CEO discussed the company’s labeling in an interview.

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Academic journal devotes issue to ‘plastics dilemma’

Published: July 8, 2021
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The latest issue of Science discusses mechanical and chemical recycling, global policy and more. | qvist / Shutterstock

Science Magazine has published a special edition covering various facets of the global plastic pollution problem. Articles touch on efforts to reduce the amount of material ending up in the environment as well as advancements (and shortcomings) in recycling.

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