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Recycling startups report resolution to legal issues

Published: May 4, 2022
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An SEC fact-finding investigation into PP recycling startup PureCycle recently concluded without further action. | AevanStock/Shutterstock

PET recycling startup Loop Industries agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit from investors, and regulators have ended their investigation of PP recycling startup PureCycle Technologies without taking further action.

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Keurig agrees to $10 million settlement, recycling disclaimer

Published: March 2, 2022
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As part of the settlement, Keurig cannot label, market, advertise or otherwise represent the cups as recyclable without a qualifying statement that the materials are not recycled in many communities.  | zimmytws/Shutterstock

Keurig Green Mountain reached a class-action settlement with a consumer who sued over coffee pod recyclability claims, agreeing to pay $10 million and add language indicating the plastic cups are “not recycled in many communities.”

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Europe roundup: UK cracks down on recycling claims

Published: January 26, 2022
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Earlier this month, PreZero opened a plant in the German municipality of Eitting, near Munich, that will sort up to 120,000 metric tons of lightweight packaging a year. | Courtesy of PreZero

More plastic recycling is coming to Europe with Biffa and PreZero announcing expansion projects, while a U.K. advertising regulator is targeting big brands for their bottle recycling claims.

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Greenpeace and Walmart continue renewed legal battle

Published: December 15, 2021
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The Greenpeace lawsuit focuses on Walmart’s use of the How2Recycle label on certain of the company’s private label plastic packaging. | QualityHD/Shutterstock

A lawsuit alleging Walmart deceives customers about recyclability of its packaging has been reopened. Attorneys for Greenpeace expect their complaint, which was previously dismissed by a federal judge, will be allowed to move forward in its amended form.

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Keurig agrees to settle coffee pod recyclability suit

Published: December 1, 2021
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Keurig has tentatively settled a class-action suit regarding the company’s recyclability claims. | John Mantell/Shutterstock

Keurig Green Mountain has reached a tentative class-action settlement with a consumer who is suing the company over its coffee pod recyclability claims.

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PureCycle faces SEC investigation

Published: December 1, 2021
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating PureCycle’s statements related to its recycling technology, financial projections, key supply agreements and management. | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

Even as it signs offtake agreements with major companies, PP recycling startup PureCycle Technologies continues to be dogged by legal and regulatory troubles.

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TerraCycle and brands settle California labeling lawsuit

Published: November 17, 2021
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Per a court settlement, TerraCycle will implement label changes and a supply chain certification program. | Sebastian Duda/Shutterstock

A legal action alleging TerraCycle is misleading consumers about its recycling programs has been settled. TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said some of the settlement terms cover work the company was already carrying out internally, but one labeling change is new.

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Sorting equipment firm Machinex wins patent fight with rival

Published: October 27, 2021
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On Oct. 21, Machinex and Green Machine submitted a request to end the court case, with each side paying their own legal expenses. | corgarashu / Shutterstock

Optical sorter providers Machinex and Green Machine have ended their legal battle over imaging technology patents, with Green Machine’s initial claims deemed invalid.

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Judge ends Greenpeace’s labeling suit against Walmart

Published: September 22, 2021
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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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Lawsuit takes aim at Walmart’s plastic recycling labels

Published: December 16, 2020
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A lawsuit from Greenpeace seeks to force Walmart to change its labeling and conduct a “corrective” advertising campaign. | nitpicker/Shutterstock

Environmental activist group Greenpeace this week accused Walmart of falsely labeling items as recyclable. Walmart and How2Recycle are defending their labeling practices.

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