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Federal program pumped nearly $1.2B into recycling companies

Published: March 2, 2022
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An analysis of federal data shows recycling firms received over a billion dollars in Paycheck Protection Program loans. | NIKCOA/Shutterstock

U.S. recycling companies received about $1.19 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans, including nearly $318 million received after Congress allowed certain companies to take a second bite at the PPP apple.

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OECD: Global support for plastics recycling needed

Published: February 23, 2022
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its first Global Plastics Outlook report. | 360b/Shutterstock

A global body estimates production of recycled plastics has quadrupled over the past two-plus decades, but recycled resins still make up only 6% of total plastic production.

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Experts discuss trade-offs of recycled-content mandates

Published: January 12, 2022
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A recent webinar brought together experts to cover the benefits and complications of recycled-content mandates.| Monticello/Shutterstock

Recycled-content laws are a tool for driving post-consumer resin demand. But what if producers are given too many outs, feedstock is in short supply, or the mandates actually result in greater environmental harm?

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Multiple factors constraining food-contact PCR supply

Published: December 8, 2021
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A newly published study set out to explore the barriers and possible solutions to growing the use of recycled plastic in food-contact-suitable applications. | StanislauV/Shutterstock

Contaminating additives and declining recycling rates for food packaging are limiting growth in production of food-grade recycled resin, according to research from a consulting firm.

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Federal institute funds plastics recycling research

Published: December 8, 2021
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Plastics producer Braksem is involved with a couple of new research projects that have received funding from the REMADE Institute. | Pavel Kapysh/Shutterstock

Braskem, BASF, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and other familiar industry names are involved in plastics recycling research projects that received funding this month.

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Plastic pollution draws federal and global attention

Published: December 1, 2021
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The U.S. Secretary of State has indicated U.S. support for a global plastics pollution treaty. | Gerain0812/Shutterstock

The U.S. has signaled support for a worldwide agreement to reduce marine plastic pollution. Meanwhile, the EU is drafting stricter export rules, a watchdog group is mapping plastic dump sites, and researchers shared findings on the greenhouse gas impacts of virgin plastic shipments.

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US PET bottle recycling rate continues to sink

Published: November 3, 2021
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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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Report compares recycled-content certification programs

Published: October 20, 2021
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The report comes as governments around the world move toward requiring the use of recycled plastic in certain products. | Picsfive / Shutterstock

Over a dozen different recycled-content standards and certifications are used around the world. A new report commissioned by Canadian leaders compares and contrasts them.

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Report examines how to boost recycling markets in Texas

Published: October 20, 2021
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A new report shows the bulk of recyclables collected in Texas are processed at 31 MRFs. | RYosha / Shutterstock

A comprehensive look at the Lone Star State’s recycling system identified several strategies governments can use to bolster recycling market development in their jurisdictions, including recycled-content mandates and public procurement policies.

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