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Digimarc Recycle to begin pilot in France

Published: January 24, 2023
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TOMRA Digimarc Scanner

Digimarc Recycle works by using digital watermarks and a cloud-based dataset of product attributes such as brand, SKU, product variant, packaging composition and others, to improve optical sorting technologies. | Courtesy of Digimarc

Expanding on earlier trials, Digimarc plans to test its Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 in France on a larger scale. Continue Reading

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Converter taps tech to use lower-grade RPET feedstock

Published: January 10, 2023
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PET bottle laying across PET flakes.

D&W Fine Pack has used RPET for roughly a decade, and is now ramping up its use of post-consumer resins in response to growing demand. | Aykut Erdogdu/Shutterstock

A multi-million-dollar equipment investment is enabling D&W Fine Pack to recycle post-consumer PET flakes into 100% recycled content food packaging. An executive at the company described the project and the benefits it will bring.

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Pyrolysis company nets $150M to drive its growth

Published: January 10, 2023
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Nexus Circular uses a pyrolysis technology to process scrap plastics into an oil that plastics producers can use to make new polyolefins. | Courtesy of Nexus Circular

Atlanta-based Nexus Circular has received a $150 million investment from a diversified global company, which will become its new owner. Continue Reading

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European panel approves PET recycling technologies

Published: January 3, 2023
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EFSA approved packaging from Greiner Packaging.

Greiner Packaging was one of several companies to get the go-ahead from the European Food Safety Authority to recycle post-consumer PET into 100% recycled-content food and drink packaging. | Courtesy of Greiner

A scientific review panel has given the green light to several different technologies to recycle post-consumer PET and polyolefins into 100% recycled-content food and drink packaging.

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Deinking, decontamination innovations announced

Published: December 13, 2022
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Keycycle deinking showing label, flake and pellet

The Keycycle deinking technology. | Courtesy of EREMA

A technology to use supercritical carbon dioxide to decontaminate scrap plastics received a big financial boost, and major equipment suppliers made some scrap deinking announcements. The following are recent mechanical recycling technology announcements.  

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Major MRF adds robots, in part to clean up plastics line

Published: December 13, 2022
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EverestLabs robots at work sorting material at the Sims Sunset Park MRF.

Two EverestLabs robots pick out material on the Sunset Park MRF’s last-chance line. | Courtesy of EverestLabs

Sims Municipal Recycling installed four EverestLabs robots in its New York City materials recovery facility and plans to add up to four more in 2023, bringing the facility into the AI age. 

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Circular Solutions selects finalists

Published: November 15, 2022
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Flexible packaging samples.

The five finalists are Netherlands-based Blue Plastics, Austrian GAW Technologies and U.K. companies Impact Recycling, Mura Technology and Nextek. | Tiffy Studio/Shutterstock

Circular Solutions for Flexibles announced the five finalists in the running for its $3 million Alliance Prize for film recycling.

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Building a solution: Plastic-to-concrete additive plant opens

Published: November 1, 2022
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Founded in Costa Rica in 2018, CRDC now operates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Africa, Mexico, the U.K., New Zealand and Hong Kong. | The Image Party/Shutterstock

CRDC Global is turning hard-to-recycle plastic into a concrete additive in Pennsylvania and plans to expand across the country as quickly as it can.  Continue Reading