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Maine EPR bills differ on producer control

Published: May 11, 2021
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The Maine state capitol building.

Lawmakers in Maine are considering two bills that each establish extended producer responsibility programs covering packaging of all material types, but with key differences in program management. | Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

Two state proposals under consideration in the Northeast get at a central question of extended producer responsibility programs for packaging: Should the government or private industry have more control?

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Idled mill may be restarted to produce recycled packaging

Published: May 11, 2021
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Close up of paper rolls at the mill.

An idled newsprint mill in Washington state was auctioned recently, and the new owner may convert the plant so that it consumes post-consumer fiber. | safakcakir / Shutterstock

Plans are in the early stages to reopen a shuttered Washington state newsprint mill and convert it for packaging production using recycled fiber.

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Researchers tout benefits of a US bottle bill

Published: May 4, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Researchers estimate over 74 billion PET bottles were landfilled, burned or littered in the U.S. in 2019. | Teerasak Ladnongkhun / Shutterstock

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A new report estimates that a nationwide bottle deposit program would reduce the number of drink containers each American wastes to 67 per year, down from 426 under the status quo.

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Our top stories from April 2021

Published: May 4, 2021
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Fire truck in motion with lights on.

Readers last month were drawn to news of the latest example of the industry trend of fires caused by improperly disposed batteries and electronics. | BlurAZ/Shutterstock

News about a battery fire that shut down a city’s MRF drew readers last month, along with a mix of stories touching on markets, policies and investments.

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Ohio PET reclaimer begins $22 million expansion

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View of the Evergreen facility in Ohio.

The Evergreen facility in Ohio will expand and increase production of food-grade RPET. | Courtesy of Evergreen

Evergreen has launched a project to double its food-grade recycled PET  (RPET) plastic capacity to 80 million pounds per year. A company leader noted the initiative harnesses “the latest and greatest technology.”

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EPA leader connects recycling and environmental justice

Published: May 4, 2021
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Aerial view of a community solid waste landfill.

At the recent ISRI2021 online conference, an EPA official touched on environmental justice issues that affect waste and recycling facilities. | Surapol USanakul / Shutterstock

The U.S. EPA’s top environmental justice official has a message for recycling operators: Don’t wait for a conflict to arise to start engaging with the community that surrounds you.

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