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Plastics recovery flat amid 2018 recycling rate downturn

Published: November 16, 2020

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Recently released data shows the U.S. plastics recycling rate held steady at 8.5% in 2018. | nelladel/Shutterstock

The U.S. recycling and composting rate declined significantly in 2018, but certain materials fared better than others, according to figures from the federal government. The drop was partially due to a change in how the rate was calculated.

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Study explores southeast state’s contamination rate

Published: July 1, 2020

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Researchers in Florida have noticed a gradual increase in contamination rates in recent years. | Blueee77/Shutterstock

Materials recovery facilities in Florida have historically landfilled about one-quarter of the weight that comes in the door, according to a study commissioned by the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation.

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