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Judge: City must pay after deceiving citizens on recycling

Published: August 8, 2022
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Fort Smith, Ark.’s department of sanitation must pay $745,057 to the residents it misled. | Zolnierek/Shutterstock

An Arkansas judge ruled that a city sanitation department needed to pay restitution after landfilling material that should have been recycled and admonished the city for breaking the trust of its residents.

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Canada eyes federal plastics registry, labeling rules

Published: August 8, 2022
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Proposed regulations in Canada would limit the use of the chasing-arrows symbol among other provisions. | Alexander Sviridov/Shutterstock

The Canadian government will develop rules for recyclability and compostability labeling and establish a federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products.

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Our top stories from July 2022

Published: August 8, 2022
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A Michigan carton recycling collaboration was of interest to readers last month. | Courtesy of Great Lakes Tissue

Last month, our readers were hungry to learn about a paper mill’s efforts to clean up its residuals to enable future materials recovery, among other news.

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How2Recycle returns PP to ‘widely recycled’ level

Published: August 1, 2022
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Polypropylene rigid containers have been upgraded to “widely recycled” under the How2Recycle labeling protocol. | Colleen Michaels/Shutterstock

Two years after downgrading rigid polypropylene containers to “check locally,” a label system has returned the material to its previous status, determining at least 60% of the country has access to PP collection.

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Why a waste district took the ‘waste’ out of its name

Published: August 1, 2022
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ReGen Monterey operates an advanced MRF among other diversion operations. | Via ReGen Monterey video

A prominent waste management district in California sees state policies and investments opening up the possibility of a zero-waste future, and its new name reflects that vision.

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State legislators explain why they’re drawn to EPR

Published: August 1, 2022
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Legislators recently spoke about their challenges and successes with EPR legislation. | Banlai/Shutterstock

Four state-level elected officials who have worked on extended producer responsibility bills for packaging recently discussed how they became champions of recycling policy and offered tips to help advance legislation.

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