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About Colin Staub

Colin-StaubColin Staub has been a reporter at Resource Recycling since January 2017. Before that he worked as a reporter at the weekly newspaper in Newberg, Oregon, and has been a freelance writer at other publications in Portland. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Maine EPR bills differ on producer control

Published: May 11, 2021
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The Maine state capitol building.

Lawmakers in Maine are considering two bills that each establish extended producer responsibility programs covering packaging of all material types, but with key differences in program management. | Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

Two state proposals under consideration in the Northeast get at a central question of extended producer responsibility programs for packaging: Should the government or private industry have more control?

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Idled mill may be restarted to produce recycled packaging

Published: May 11, 2021
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Close up of paper rolls at the mill.

An idled newsprint mill in Washington state was auctioned recently, and the new owner may convert the plant so that it consumes post-consumer fiber. | safakcakir / Shutterstock

Plans are in the early stages to reopen a shuttered Washington state newsprint mill and convert it for packaging production using recycled fiber.

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Rep. Stevens: Feds can set the table for recycling progress

Published: April 27, 2021
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U.S. Capitol building in the distance with U.S. flag and flowers in foreground.

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens reintroduced the Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Act this month. | Phil Pasquini / Shutterstock

A federal lawmaker who is sponsoring legislation meant to support the plastics recycling sector says collaboration between all stakeholders, and government assistance, will bolster the U.S. recycling system.

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Vermont bottle bill update moves through legislature

Published: April 20, 2021
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The State Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vt.

Vermont’s current deposit system may soon expand to cover almost all beverages. | Victoria Lipov/Shutterstock

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Legislation that expands a Northeast state’s container deposit law passed one chamber and has moved to the state Senate for consideration. The bill adds additional beverage types into the deposit program.

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Exports continue despite dramatic overseas changes

Published: April 20, 2021
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Cargo ship at port.

The U.S. exported 1.32 million short tons of recovered fiber in February, with India as the top destination. | MAGNIFIER/Shutterstock

U.S. exports of recovered plastic and paper remained consistent in February, despite global trade policy changes for both materials that went into effect at the beginning of the year.

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MRF operator: Lithium-ion batteries are ‘ticking time bombs’

Published: April 13, 2021
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Fire truck in motion with lights on.

A fire at Tulsa’s MRF is the latest example of the industry trend of fires caused by improperly disposed batteries and electronics. | BlurAZ/Shutterstock

The city of Tulsa, Okla. was forced to redirect its residential recycling stream to a waste-to-energy plant after an improperly discarded battery sparked a blaze at a local MRF.

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Exporter: Malaysian case provides some Basel clarity

Published: April 13, 2021
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Aerial view of cargo ship at terminal.

Malaysian authorities recently approved a container of clean PE scrap for import from U.S.-based Sigma Recycling. | UNIKYLUCKK/Shutterstock

A high-profile scrap plastic shipment from the U.S. to Malaysia was accepted after the importing country’s government said it contained clean, sorted material. The situation demonstrates the complexities in interpreting new plastic shipping regulations.

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