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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]

FTC to accept public comments on Green Guides update

Published: December 16, 2022
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Federal Trade Commission building with sign above door.

The commission voted 4-0 to publish a notice in the Federal Register to begin a 60-day public comment period. That notice is expected to be published in mid-January of 2023.  | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

Companies making deceptive sustainability claims distort the market for environmentally friendly products and “hurt honest companies who are bearing the costs of green business practices,” the chair of the FTC said recently.

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Study: Recycling accounts for tiny share of plastic’s total GHGs

Published: December 12, 2022
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Plastic bottles at a production plant.

The REMADE Institute-funded research found that, over the course of their full life cycles, several common polymers account for about 1.5% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. | rochariberio/Shuttestock

By the time plastic products reach their end of life, the bulk of their climate damage has already been done, according to a study that reaffirms greenhouse gasses tied to plastics are mostly generated in prime resin production, shipping and molding. 

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Michigan’s bill package bolsters recycling baseline

Published: December 12, 2022
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Michigan's capitol building with trees and sky.

The Michigan Legislature last week passed a package of eight bills designed to update the state’s solid waste law. | Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock

A series of policy-focused bills passed by Michigan lawmakers may not include the spice of EPR, but their meat-and-potatoes approach of ensuring residents have a minimum level of recycling service may prove a big boost to the recycling industry. 

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MRFs move ahead with multi-million-dollar upgrades

Published: December 5, 2022
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Charlotte, N.C. skyline seen in distance above trees.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions was selected by Mecklenburg County, N.C. to rebuild a publicly owned MRF that sorts and sells recyclables from Charlotte and surrounding communities. | CLS Digital Arts/Shutterstock

On either side of the country, major recycling players are investing big money into significant improvements to their facilities.

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Suit targets Closed Loop e-scrap suppliers in Arizona

Published: December 5, 2022
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Aerial view of Closed Loop Phoenix site.

Closed Loop began leasing the Phoenix facilities in 2010, and when it failed in early 2016, it left a combined 106 million pounds of cathode-ray tube materials on both properties (59th Ave. property pictured). | Courtesy of Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions/ADEQ

Owners of Phoenix warehouses filed a federal lawsuit against electronic scrap companies that shipped cathode-ray tube materials to Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, and already two defendants have agreed to pay out roughly $1 million each. 

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Driscoll’s and its suppliers propel thermoform recycling

Published: July 19, 2022
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Berry brand owner Driscoll’s has worked with its clamshell suppliers to boost the percentage of recycled PET derived from used thermoforms. | Courtesy of Driscoll’s

Clamshell containers used by berry brand Driscoll’s last year contained an average of 9% recycled PET sourced from used thermoforms. Continue Reading

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How Phoenix fits into Balcones’ growth plans

Published: November 28, 2022
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Inside the city of Phoenix North Gateway MRF.

After winning a contract previously held by Republic Systems, Balcones Resources will operate Phoenix’s North Gateway MRF (pictured above and below), as well as the city’s 27th Avenue MRF, which will be rebuilt with Machinex equipment. | Courtesy of city of Phoenix

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. 

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Paper producers reflect on OCC prices, upcoming plants

Published: November 28, 2022
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Old cardboard containers (OCC) collected for recycling.

Even though OCC bales are currently selling for unusually low prices, many producers are seeing their savings offset by increased costs in other areas. | Kenishirotie/Shutterstock

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.

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Northeast state funds organics-garbage ‘co-collection’ projects

Published: November 1, 2022
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Food scraps collected in a bucket.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will help fund the collection of bagged food scraps and garbage in the same curbside containers. | Maerzkind/Shutterstock

The state of Connecticut is supporting a unique approach to organics diversion: collecting food scraps and garbage in separate plastic bags placed in the same curbside container. Continue Reading

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Fiber and plastic exports drop 8% and 22%

Published: November 14, 2022
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Canada remains the top destination for U.S. scrap plastic exports, and India takes the top spot for scrap fiber. | Anucha Sirivisansuwan/Shutterstock

U.S. companies exported less scrap paper and plastic during the first nine months of this year, an analysis of federal trade data shows.  Continue Reading

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