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Washington state tackles bagged recyclables

Published: March 27, 2023
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Bagged recyclables cause major headaches for MRFs, so the state of Washington wants to teach people to fill their bins with loose items. | Alexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock

MRF operators and state officials are working to persuade residents in Washington state to keep plastic film out of the curbside stream.

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WM and Republic move forward on major plastic plans

Published: March 27, 2023
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Both WM and Republic are vertically integrating, with the former making acquisitions and the latter drawing up plans for a new facility. | Lipik Stok Media/Shutterstock

Seeing big business opportunities, the two largest garbage and recycling companies in North America will put tens of millions of dollars into expanding their downstream plastics processing capabilities in coming years. 

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Glad Products sued over its ‘recycling’ bags

Published: March 27, 2023
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The California lawsuit alleges that because Glad’s bags are not recyclable and most collection programs don’t accept bagged recyclables, it is misleading to advertise them as recycling bags. | BCFC/Shutterstock

Another consumer products brand owner has been hauled into court over its marketing of plastic bags for use in recyclables collection.  Continue Reading

California recycled content rulemaking moves ahead

Published: March 2, 2023
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The public comment period for the AB 793 rulemaking started Feb. 3 and will last until the end of a hearing on March 21. | Steve Heap/Shutterstock

California’s rulemaking on the minimum post-consumer recycled content law is moving along steadily, and stakeholders are narrowing in on the things they like and dislike about the regulations.  Continue Reading

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UBC stakeholders report on recycling progress

Published: March 20, 2023
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Last year, Constellium used a greater weight of recovered material in its aluminum products and Ball used more recycled content in its cans. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

Two huge consumers of recycled aluminum from used beverage cans recently published sustainability reports noting progress in their efforts to use more recycled metal. 

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US eyes ‘holistic approach’ in global plastic talks

Published: March 20, 2023
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Steve Alexander of APR and Monica Medina of the U.S. State Department at the 2023 Plastics Recycling Conference. | Big Wave Productions and Resource Recycling, Inc.

The Biden administration envisions a global plastics agreement that requires each country to take steps to boost demand for recycled resin, including through use of public procurement policies and packaging standardization. Continue Reading

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Illinois bill continues chemical recycling debate

Published: March 20, 2023
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Opponents of the bill argue chemical recycling is a form of incineration; supporters say it will create jobs and help address plastic waste. | 9DreamStudio/Shutterstock

A bill extending a deadline for a potential chemical recycling pilot project in Illinois is reigniting debate over how to regulate chemical recycling. 

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