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Firm moves brands’ dollars into collection infrastructure

Published: August 31, 2022
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RePurpose Global workers recycling plastics.

RePurpose Global is currently working with over 250 businesses around the world to reduce their plastic impacts through an offset credit system. | Courtesy of RePurpose Global

The majority of Fortune 500 companies are not on track to achieve their packaging sustainability commitments, a reflection of the gap between goals and on-the-ground impacts, Peter Wang Hjemdahl said.

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Ocean Conservancy withdraws 2015 ocean plastics report

Published: July 19, 2022
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The Ocean Conservancy has withdrawn its support for incineration as a way to combat plastic pollution. | Molishka/Shutterstock

A top environmental watchdog has rescinded its influential 2015 report, which pointed the finger at Asia for ocean-bound plastic generation and included incineration and waste-to-energy as solutions to pollution.

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Bottle cap effort highlights recycling as pollution solution

Published: June 29, 2022
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Students in Conn. with collected bottle caps.

Connecticut students collected nearly 4 tons of bottle caps for recycling through a collaborative effort. | Courtesy of SoundWaters

Connecticut middle school students, with help from processor UltraPoly and other entities, recently collected 2.5 million plastic caps and recycled them into end products as part of a lesson on microplastics.

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Recycled-content roundup: Electronics, seating and more

Published: February 23, 2022
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Viren chair from Fortum

European company Fortum developed a post-consumer plastic chair to showcase how recycled plastic compounds can be used for more technical and challenging products. | Courtesy of Fortum

Several companies have announced progress toward recycled-content goals and new products made from recycled plastics. Here’s a roundup of recent developments.

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Huge shipping company will no longer move plastic waste

Published: February 16, 2022
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CMA CGM export ship

Shipping company CMA CGM didn’t specify exactly which categories of plastic scrap or waste the prohibition would apply to. | EQRoy/Shutterstock

CMA CGM Group, the third-largest ocean shipping company in the world, announced it will no longer carry post-use plastics on its ships as of June 1.

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Investment moves potential marine debris into global market

Published: January 19, 2022
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A factory team working on the sorting process conveyor in Polindo’s aggregation center. | Courtesy of Circulate Capital

A partnership involving Circulate Capital, Bantam Materials and an Indonesian processor will help to recover PET from remote areas of the Asian nation and deliver it to grocery store shelves in Europe and America.

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Nonprofit: Recyclables a small portion of marine litter

Published: September 22, 2021
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Volunteers clean the beach during the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup on September 18, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Ocean Conservancy

Information gathered through decades of coastal cleanups shows the majority of plastic litter recovered was never recyclable through curbside systems in the first place, according to Ocean Conservancy.

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Reuters: Renew Oceans project shuts down

Published: January 20, 2021
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Plastic waste lines the banks of the Ganges river in Calcutta, India.

Unnamed sources told Reuters that Renew Oceans captured only one metric ton of plastic waste from the Ganges River, far short of publicly stated goals. | photo stock india/Shutterstock

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A touted initiative from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste ceased operations in India nearly a year ago, and it’s not expected to be revived.

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