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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]

Nebraska MRF adds plastic-lumber manufacturing line

Published: August 3, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor at a MRF.

With the planned upgrade, sorted and processed plastics will be converted into a plastic lumber inside Firstar’s facility. | jantsarik / Shutterstock

Firstar Fiber is receiving a loan from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste that will help the processor convert hard-to-recycle plastics into building materials, all within the confines of the MRF.

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Pratt plans $400 million recycled paper mill in Kentucky

Published: July 29, 2021
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Fiber packaging at the factory

Pratt has announced plans for a 450,000-square-foot paper mill and a 700,000-square-foot adjacent corrugating plant. | Mark Agnor / Shutterstock

Pratt Industries and Kentucky state officials on July 29 announced the company will build its sixth 100% recycled paper mill in the U.S. The project will break ground next year and is slated to start up in fall 2023.

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Report says plastic drags down municipal recycling systems

Published: August 3, 2021
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Curbside waste and recycling for collection.

A study from GAIA found that, in five selected cities, only 24% of PET, HDPE and PP was getting recycled. | Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock

A study published by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives pins low recycling rates in U.S. cities squarely on hard-to-recycle plastics that are collected through curbside programs.

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How one company helps make coffee cups more recyclable

Published: July 27, 2021
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Coffee cups stacked in a cafe.

Traditional coatings on coffee cups add contamination to the recycling process, but Smart Planet Technologies has developed a solution. | Andy Shell / Shutterstock

Leaders at Smart Planet Technologies, which produces a coating that minimizes contamination during the fiber milling process, say they have seen adoption in several global regions. But several factors have limited U.S. growth.

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TerraCycle and brands sued over recycling claims

Published: July 27, 2021
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The lawsuit alleges TerraCycle is enabling brand owners to mislead the public on the recyclability of their products. | photo_gonzo / Shutterstock

A nonprofit environmental organization is suing TerraCycle and several major brands, saying the companies are misleading consumers about the recyclability of their products through mail-in collection programs. TerraCycle’s CEO discussed the company’s labeling in an interview.

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Glass producer aids collection in areas where it operates

Published: July 27, 2021
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OI World Headquarters

O-I has begun collection programs in communities it operates. | smoothsails / Shutterstock

O-I, a major user of recycled glass, recently launched an initiative that will support recycling options where curbside service is unavailable. The program also boosts the impact of recycling collection through matching charitable donations.

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US generated 20% of world’s recovered paper in 2019

Published: July 20, 2021
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Fiber bales stacked for recycling.

Worldwide, nearly 269 million short tons of recovered fiber were generated in 2019. | nickpeps / Shutterstock

A global report charting recovered fiber trends throughout 2019 found that packaging made up 86% of the end products made from the material. The study also examined fiber generation by region, international trade flows and more.

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Indonesia confirms import contamination limit

Published: July 20, 2021
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Indonesia’s 2% contamination rule for recovered fiber imports is likely to take effect in September. | Triawanda Tirta Aditya / Shutterstock

Recovered fiber will be allowed a maximum of 2% contamination when shipped into Indonesia, which is currently the ninth-largest market for U.S. exports of the material.

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Nation’s first packaging EPR bill is signed into law

Published: July 13, 2021
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Maine state house in Augusta.

Maine’s new law requires packaging producers to fund the recycling of their products. | Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The governor of Maine has signed legislation establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials in the state. It’s the first bill of its kind to become law in the U.S.

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Backers of Utah paper mill say project is moving forward

Published: July 13, 2021
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Cardboard collected for recycling.

The Crossroads plans call for a 350,000-tons-per-year containerboard mill that uses 100% old corrugated containers (OCC) and mixed paper. | Pakorn Jarujittipun / Shutterstock

Crossroads Paper recently drew capital from an investment firm as it continues to develop a $320 million containerboard mill that would serve as a big buyer of recycled fiber in the western U.S.

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