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COVID-19 demand shift opens door for recycled fiber

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A collapsing market for printing and writing papers has led to a few mill conversions. | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

Nine Dragons is shifting toward recycled packaging at a U.S. mill, citing an “unprecedented” decline in demand for printing and writing paper. The company is just one of several paper producers responding to changing markets with mill conversions.

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Sort project will target plastics missed by MRFs in Northeast

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Baled plastics for soration.

Bales of plastic material for sortation at the Pacific Northwest demonstration facility. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Following a similar demonstration in the Pacific Northwest last year, industry stakeholders are launching an initiative to recover additional material from the municipal stream in New York and four other states.

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A roundup of recent glass recycling announcements

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Glass recycling stakeholders produced a video for America Recycles Day explaining the material’s role in a circular economy. | Fototocam/Shutterstock

Glass bottle maker O-I uses “Green Bond” money to buy cullet, stakeholders explain the glass recycling process to the public, and the Glass Recycling Coalition releases its latest industry survey results.

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EPA: Waste generation far outpaced recycling in 2018

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Residential waste and recycling bins on a curb.

Recently released data shows that a major increase in MSW generation outpaced modest recycling progress. | Colleen Michaels/Shutterstock

The U.S. recycling and composting rate took a significant dive in 2018, falling from 35% to 32%, according to new figures from the federal government. The drop was partially due to a change in how the rate was calculated.

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Major packaging users hit 6.2% average recycled content

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Walmart store's dairy shelf.

Walmart grew its recycled plastic use across product packaging lines from less than 0.5% in 2018 to 9% in 2019. | Chekyravaa/Shutterstock

Some of the largest packaged goods and retail firms increased their use of recycled plastic in 2019, but they have work to do to hit 2025 targets, according to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation update.

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