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Companies embrace invisible barcode to aid in sorting

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This photo shows the optical sorter module developed to test the sorting of packaging with the Digimarc digital marker. The barcode scanning system works in conjunction with NIR identification. | Courtesy of Digimarc.

A major packaging producer will begin using a discrete barcode technology that can provide optical sorters with critical recycling information.

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How a new domestic end market for HDPE emerged

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Michael Pluimer of Crossroad Engineering Services gathers data on the performance of recycled-HDPE corrugated pipe in southeastern Pennsylvania. | Courtesy of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS).

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A group’s green light to use recycled HDPE in road drainage pipes opens a potentially massive market for recovered plastic. Officials recently explained the work that drove the decision.

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Project quantifies potential of secondary sortation

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A close-up view shows the wide variety of materials in the mixed-plastic bales. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling, Inc.

A demonstration project found that by routing mixed bales and MRF residue to a central sorting location, more than 17,000 tons of additional plastics could be captured in the Pacific Northwest each year.

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Sweeping plastics initiative submitted in California

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Recology CEO Michael Sangiacomo told an audience at the 2019 Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show his company would help bankroll a California initiative taking aim at plastic waste. | Brian Adams Photography

The CEO of West Coast hauler Recology teamed up with environmentalists to this week submit a proposed California ballot initiative taking aim at single-use plastics. Continue Reading

How a PET shrink sleeve label passed recyclability testing

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John Standish of APR (right) presented Scott Giffels of American Fuji Seal with a letter confirming the recyclability of the RecShrink label. | Photo courtesy of APR

The Association of Plastic Recyclers confirmed that a crystallizable shrink sleeve label with washable ink meets the group’s criteria for recyclability in the PET bottle stream. Continue Reading