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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]

Athens Services MRF set to bring on a $10M organics line

Published: July 19, 2022
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Mixed materials in a waste bin.

An organics extrusion system at a Los Angeles-area MRF is expected to divert nearly 47,000 tons per year and create four jobs. | Sunstopper1st/Shutterstock

The state of California will provide a major loan to finance an organics extraction line at an Athens Services MRF, diverting food scraps otherwise destined for landfills to a massive anaerobic digester.

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Key recycled glass end user puts millions into pair of projects

Published: July 19, 2022
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Glass cullet outside O-I's Portland facility.

 O-I expects to install pollution control equipment at its Portland, Ore. bottle factory by April 2024. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Owens-Illinois will install pollution reduction equipment as part of a deal to keep operating its Portland, Ore. glass bottle factory. Meanwhile, the Quebec government will help O-I fund upgrades at its Montreal plant.

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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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Keurig Dr Pepper achieves 11% PCR use

Published: July 6, 2022
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Keurig Dr Pepper logo on company building.

Keurig Dr Pepper’s recent sustainability report noted progress toward the company’s goal of 25% post-consumer resin use by 2025. | Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

One of North America’s largest beverage brand owners greatly increased its use of recycled resins last year, mainly by rolling out 100% recycled PET bottles for specific brands.

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E-scrap processor plots fast expansion to supply smelter

Published: July 6, 2022
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View of the shredder inside the evTerra facility.

Electronics shredding operations are taking place at evTerra’s Atlanta facility, but several other facilities are in the works. | Courtesy of Igneo

Electronics recycling firm evTerra has plans to soon be running four plants across the U.S., part of a strategy to ensure a steady stream of material to the Igneo secondary smelter slated for Savannah, Ga.

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Congress targets recycling and composting ‘information gaps’

Published: June 21, 2022
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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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