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Paper producers reflect on OCC prices, upcoming plants

by Jared Paben and Marissa Heffernan

Recycled paper product producers may be enjoying the lower OCC prices as 2022 comes to a close, but those giant manufacturers are still facing higher inflationary pressures in other areas, several executives recently noted.

Old cardboard containers (OCC) collected for recycling.

What’s the right role for chemical recycling?

by Marissa Heffernan

Mechanical recycling should take priority over chemical recycling, but there will need to be several technical solutions to the world’s plastic problem, argued panelists on a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar.

How Phoenix fits into Balcones’ growth plans

by Jared Paben

Balcones Resources’ recently signed MRF operations contract with the city of Phoenix is exactly the type of “huge step” toward growth envisioned when Closed Loop Partners bought a majority stake in the company, a Balcones executive explained.

Inside the city of Phoenix North Gateway MRF.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Chasing consistency

by Sarah Edwards

By developing clear specification guidelines for chemical recycling feedstock, stakeholders can maximize emerging technologies and better understand how all types of processors might complement one another.

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Methodology matters

by Alyssa Harben and Lucy Pierce

Two researchers from a packaging group detail best practices for successfully analyzing recycling programs and waste decision-making.

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Reversing the trend

by Matt James

Glass recycling tonnages have been falling in North Carolina, but coordinated action from a variety of stakeholders is helping to improve processing and bring back collection in some areas.

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Time for a test

by Andre Lehmann and Alex Wolf

As sortation technology advances and MRF operators encounter new pressures and opportunities, it’s becoming increasingly critical to try before you buy.

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