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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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In My Opinion: Recycled polyester supplies are a concern

Published: January 19, 2022
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Polyester fabrics with PET bottles for recycling.

An executive at recycled fiber producer SAYA explains why a lack of RPET supply poses a challenge for his industry, and he proposes steps to help address the supply-demand gap. | Natali Ximich/Shutterstock

As consumers’ appetite for recycled polyester products grows, the industry is facing an unintended consequence: There may not be enough plastic available for recycling to meet the demand.

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European panel OKs PET recycling technologies

Published: December 22, 2021
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PET bottles gathered for recycling.

Several technologies for processing post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging have been approved. | srisakorn wonglakorn/Shutterstock

A food-safety panel approved 17 applications to use Starlinger, SML and Protec technologies to recycle post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging. It rejected two other requests.

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State to reward recycling facilities for ultra-clean PET

Published: December 15, 2021
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Bales of PET bottles for recycling.

California regulators will provide incentive payments to curbside recycling programs producing PET bales with less than 2% contamination. | RecycleMan/Shutterstock

California officials will provide payments of up to $180 per ton to recycling facilities that limit contamination in PET bales to 2% or less.

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Amcor buys more PCR and develops sortable mini-bottle

Published: December 8, 2021
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Amcor Rigid Packaging 50-ml bottle

Amcor designed a 50-milliliter PET bottle that collapses to be wider than five centimeters, helping to prevent it falling through sorting screens at materials recovery facilities (MRFs). | Courtesy of Amcor Rigid Packaging

One of the world’s largest packaging producers boosted its purchases of post-consumer resin by about 30% last year.
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Packaging producer opens RPET thermoforming plant

Published: November 17, 2021
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Inside the Direct Pack Baja facility.

Direct Pack Inc. recycles PET bottles and thermoform bales from materials recovery facilities (MRFs). | Courtesy of Direct Pack Inc.

A packaging manufacturer will build a PET recycling operation adjacent to a thermoforming plant on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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US PET bottle recycling rate continues to sink

Published: November 3, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Data shows that in 2020 PET bottles notched a 26.6% collection rate in the U.S., down from 27.9% in 2019. | Torychemistry/Shutterstock

Demand for RPET increased 10% in 2020, but it was accompanied by a decrease in PET bottle collection, according to an annual report from the National Association for PET Container Resources.

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California data shows PCR backsliding among major brands

Published: September 29, 2021
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PET water bottle necks.

Data from California shows some major beverage producers used lower percentages of post-consumer resin in 2020 than they did in 2019. | tezzstock / Shutterstock

The clock is ticking on California’s law mandating recycled plastic in drink bottles, and some beverage producers still have a long way to go, newly released data reveals.

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