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Exports decline, but domestic markets see stability

by Colin Staub

Overseas appetite for scrap plastic dwindled in the third quarter. On the domestic side, operators report stable movement for common curbside materials, although fiber pricing remains a challenge.

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Stakeholders gear up for America Recycles Day

by Jared Paben

Companies, industry groups and government agencies are celebrating America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. Here are some of the events and announcements in the lead-up to the annual celebration.

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Recycled HDPE prices continue to escalate

by RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price of recovered natural HDPE has climbed again, in some areas breaking recent records. The price of OCC dropped further, however.

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Steps to safety

by Molly Ritchie

One established plastics processor recently celebrated going five years without a lost time incident. Here’s a rundown of the methodology that led to that focused work environment.

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Community Spotlight: L.A. planners juggle goals, markets and huge volumes of material

by Colin Staub

The city of Los Angeles acknowledged tough markets meant it could no longer demand MRFs pay it for every ton of recyclables, so the parties devised a risk-and-reward-sharing approach.

Every year the city collects 1.5 million tons of material.

Data Corner: What accounts for the higher cost of PCR?

by More Recycling

Consulting and research firm More Recycling looked at why post-consumer resin tends to be more expensive than virgin plastic.

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First Person Perspective: Don’t backpedal on carton recycling

by Jason Pelz

A carton industry leader explains how gable top and aseptic cartons are being being recycled through established domestic and overseas markets.

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Upstream opportunities

by Tony Dunnage

A sustainability executive at Unilever notes that huge diversion gains can be made by focusing on pre-consumer waste, a material category that includes production, shipping, merchandising and more.

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