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US scrap plastic exports continue to fall

Published: November 15, 2022
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The U.S. exported about 737 million pounds of scrap plastic over the course of the first three quarters of 2022. | Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock

U.S. companies exported about 22% less scrap plastic during the first nine months of this year, continuing a trend of decreased overseas shipments.

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Industry group launches project to gather data, share solutions

Published: August 24, 2022
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A new effort from industry group The Recycling Partnership aims to assess and change behavior. | Air Images/Shutterstock

Recycling doesn’t work unless people can put material into the stream, so The Recycling Partnership is expanding its efforts to both understand and change consumer behavior at the bin.
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Recycling and composting bills pass Senate

Published: August 2, 2022
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The industry-supported bills would establish a grant program and mandate better reporting. | Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed two bills that would improve rural recycling and composting accessibility as well as boost data collection, sending the legislation to the House for a vote.

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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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