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About Jared Paben

Jared PabenAssociate 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]

Plastics recycling startup unveils expansion project

Published: August 3, 2021
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Map showing Augusta, Ga. and surrounding area.

PureCycle Technologies’ initial investment, estimated at $440 million, includes three production lines, each of which can process 130 million pounds of PP scrap per year. | Tudoran Andrei / Shutterstock

A polypropylene recycling startup developing a commercial-scale facility in Ohio announced a deal to build a plant in Georgia.

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British Columbia EPR program hits 85% recovery rate

Published: July 20, 2021
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Sorted materials for recycling.

Recycle BC’s recent annual report noted a 90% recovery rate for paper, 52% for plastic, and 85% for metal. | pryzmat / Shutterstock

In 2020, a producer-funded system for paper and packaging recycling achieved a significantly higher recovery rate – and spent more money – than the year prior.

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SWANA reports drop in waste and recycling industry deaths

Published: July 7, 2021
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Municipal waste and recycling collection worker with bins.

For 2020, SWANA tallied a total of 52 on-the-job waste and recycling industry fatalities. This year the numbers are trending downward. | Somchai_Stock / Shutterstock

Half as many solid waste workers were killed on the job during the first half of this year compared with recent years, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America.

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Industry’s $9.5 million effort brings carts to Baltimore

Published: June 29, 2021
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Aerial view of Baltimore and inner harbor.

A collaboration will provide over $9 million to boost recycling in Baltimore. | iofoto / Shutterstock

Over 200,000 Baltimore households will receive free recycling carts after corporate, nonprofit and government partners collaborated to provide cash grants and more.

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Report estimates drop in plastic recycled in 2019

Published: June 22, 2021
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PET bottles collected for recycling.

Data shows that the U.S. PET bottle recycling rate in 2019 was 27.9%, down from 29.0% in 2018. | TeuNg-StyLe / Shutterstock

Slightly less scrap plastic from the U.S. was recycled in 2019 than the year prior. The data comes as brand owners signal greater demand for recycled resins.

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