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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]

How the recycling industry is preparing to tackle solar panels

Published: June 15, 2021
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Solar panels on a residential roof.

E-scrap processors are developing strategies for an increasing number of PV modules entering the market. | Hill120 / Shutterstock

In some ways, solar panels present some of the same recycling challenges as old TVs. They carry a high cost to recycle properly, have limited commodity value and contain hazardous metals. At the same time, relatively few downstream processors recycle them, and markets are working against reuse.

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Bottle bill update heads to Conn. governor’s desk

Published: June 8, 2021
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An expanded list of beverages will be covered in Connecticut’s bottle-deposit program under a new piece of legislation on the governor’s desk. | alexs333 / Shutterstock

Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation overhauling the state’s 41-year-old container deposit program, with one supporter calling the move the most significant U.S. bottle bill expansion in a decade.

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Northeast MRFs report 120% boost in value of a blended ton

Published: June 8, 2021
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Baled OCC for recycling.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) received market pricing numbers from 16 MRFs in 10 states for its first-quarter 2021 survey. | Max Barnum / Shutterstock

A pricing survey of Northeast U.S. recycling facilities underscores the impact of skyrocketing commodity prices during the first quarter.

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Indorama invests over $50M in Alabama PET recycling plant

Published: June 8, 2021
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Indorama Ventures Sustainable Solutions will install AMUT equipment at its Alabama PET recycling facility, including bottle de-labeling equipment like the unit pictured above. | Courtesy of AMUT

Indorama Ventures Sustainable Solutions is spending significantly to more than double the size and flake-production capacity of its Alabama PET recycling plant, according to interviews and city documents.

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Maine lawmakers give thumbs up to packaging EPR bill

Published: June 2, 2021
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A Maine committee vote of “ought to pass” for LD 1541 sets it up for possible votes by the full House and Senate chambers. | RawPixel.com / Shutterstock

A committee in Maine’s legislature advanced a bill that gives government officials direct control over how much money producers would be forced to pay to support the recycling of their packaging.
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Groups to Congress: ‘Recycling is infrastructure too’

Published: June 2, 2021
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U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Recycling industry groups are lobbying for federal infrastructure spending in materials recovery. | Gary Blakeley / Shutterstock

As federal elected officials debate significant investments in the nation’s infrastructure, recycling and composting stakeholders are pushing them to steer some of that money into materials recovery.
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How COVID-19 affected TerraCycle US’s bottom line

Published: May 25, 2021
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Financial documents show TerraCycle US saw double-digit growth in the company’s Zero Waste Boxes program. | Postmodern Studio / Shutterstock

Coronavirus-related closures hurt financial performance for TerraCycle US last year, but increased profitability in the company’s Zero Waste Boxes business helped buffer the impacts.

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