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About Jared Paben

Jared Paben Associate Editor Jared Paben has worked for Resource Recycling since December 2014. Most of his earlier career was spent as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Bellingham, Wash., but he also has experience working for the Oregon volunteerism commission and for Oregon nonprofits serving low-income populations. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Congress targets recycling and composting ‘information gaps’

Published: June 21, 2022
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The U.S. capitol building.

Proposed legislation would direct the EPA to create a comprehensive baseline of data on the U.S. recycling system, report on end markets for collected materials, and more. | ItzaVU/Shutterstock

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would call on the federal government to produce in-depth research on the state of America’s recycling and composting systems.

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US scrap paper exports sink slightly as plastics drop sharply

Published: June 14, 2022
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India, Mexico and Vietnam are still the top three destinations for U.S. OCC and paper in the first quarter of 2022.  | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

U.S. exports of recovered fiber held relatively steady during the first quarter of 2022, but scrap plastic shipments plunged by more than one-fifth.  Continue Reading

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Collaboration opens commercial glass recycling in Chicagoland

Published: June 7, 2022
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Glass collected for recycling.

A group organized by the Glass Packaging Institute has brought glass recycling service to restaurants and bars in the Chicago area. | Courtesy of GPI

A 2021 commercial glass recycling pilot program in the Chicago area has taken off again, and this time it has signed up double the number of restaurants and bars.

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California program expansion bill clears Senate

Published: June 1, 2022
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Glass containers gathered for recycling.

A bill in California’s legislature adds wine and liquor bottles to the state container redemption program. | Josep Curto/Shutterstock

The California Senate passed a bill that would divert large amounts of glass from the curbside stream into the deposit system by applying a California Redemption Value to wine and liquor bottles.

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Local programs share tips for cost-effective recycling outreach

Published: May 24, 2022
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Shelby Lewis and Edgar Castro Tello, both of the city of Tampa, Fla., presented during a Carolina Recycling Association webinar about their use of advertising on streaming media to provide recycling information to residents. | Webinar screenshot

Streaming media and text messages may be lucrative advertising platforms for companies selling products, but they’re also cost-effective channels for disseminating local recycling program information to targeted audiences.

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COVID-19 hurt TerraCycle’s recycled materials sales in ’21

Published: May 24, 2022
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TerraCycle logo on-screen.

As of Dec. 31, TerraCycle US has over 150 brand-sponsored national recycling programs in 48 states. | photo gonzo/Shutterstock

TerraCycle US continued to rake in more money from companies paying it to operate mail-in recycling programs, but it incurred steeper losses doing the actual recycling of plastic and other materials.

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