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Nebraska MRF adds plastic-lumber manufacturing line

Published: August 3, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor at a MRF.

With the planned upgrade, sorted and processed plastics will be converted into a plastic lumber inside Firstar’s facility. | jantsarik / Shutterstock

Firstar Fiber is receiving a loan from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste that will help the processor convert hard-to-recycle plastics into building materials, all within the confines of the MRF.

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Pratt plans $400 million recycled paper mill in Kentucky

Published: July 29, 2021
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Fiber packaging at the factory

Pratt has announced plans for a 450,000-square-foot paper mill and a 700,000-square-foot adjacent corrugating plant. | Mark Agnor / Shutterstock

Pratt Industries and Kentucky state officials on July 29 announced the company will build its sixth 100% recycled paper mill in the U.S. The project will break ground next year and is slated to start up in fall 2023.

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Report says plastic drags down municipal recycling systems

Published: August 3, 2021
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Curbside waste and recycling for collection.

A study from GAIA found that, in five selected cities, only 24% of PET, HDPE and PP was getting recycled. | Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock

A study published by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives pins low recycling rates in U.S. cities squarely on hard-to-recycle plastics that are collected through curbside programs.

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Plastics recycling startup unveils expansion project

Published: August 3, 2021
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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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How one company helps make coffee cups more recyclable

Published: July 27, 2021
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Coffee cups stacked in a cafe.

Traditional coatings on coffee cups add contamination to the recycling process, but Smart Planet Technologies has developed a solution. | Andy Shell / Shutterstock

Leaders at Smart Planet Technologies, which produces a coating that minimizes contamination during the fiber milling process, say they have seen adoption in several global regions. But several factors have limited U.S. growth.

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TerraCycle and brands sued over recycling claims

Published: July 27, 2021
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The lawsuit alleges TerraCycle is enabling brand owners to mislead the public on the recyclability of their products. | photo_gonzo / Shutterstock

A nonprofit environmental organization is suing TerraCycle and several major brands, saying the companies are misleading consumers about the recyclability of their products through mail-in collection programs. TerraCycle’s CEO discussed the company’s labeling in an interview.

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