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REMADE funds 24 more research projects

Published: March 9, 2021
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Scientific laboratory scene.

The REMADE Institute issued funding to projects exploring a variety of recycling technologies. | Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

A federal initiative focused on energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing recently selected two dozen recycling projects to support. A majority of the projects are related to plastics recycling, but others target fiber, metals and more.

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SWANA tallies 52 industry on-the-job deaths last year

Published: March 9, 2021
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Worker unloads waste bin into collection truck on a residential street.

For 2020, SWANA reported 36 collection/transportation worker deaths, the same number as 2019. | Eric Buermeyer/Shutterstock

The number North American MRF workers killed on the job last year decreased, but the total number of garbage and recycling sector deaths remained flat, according to industry data.

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CarbonLite files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Published: March 9, 2021
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CarbonLite Facility exterior with California and U.S. flags.

CarbonLite operates recycling facilities that bring in PET bales from deposit and curbside sources.

PET recycling firm CarbonLite and a subsidiary this week filed for bankruptcy, indicating the company plans to reorganize and continue operating. A company leader said market strife and COVID-19 impacts led to the decision.

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The latest MRF builds and retrofits across the globe

Published: March 2, 2021
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Baled OCC in the recycling facility.

A recycling facility in West Babylon, N.Y. installed a large optical sorter that has increased OCC throughput and quality. | Courtesy of Van Dyk

Several materials recovery facilities across North America and the U.K. recently announced upgrades or other major projects. The initiatives include optical sorter installations targeting fiber and plastic, advanced artificial intelligence plans and more.

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Groups eye shipping industry for Basel enforcement

Published: March 2, 2021
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Cargo ship at port.

A number of environmental groups wrote to shipping lines urging them to stop carrying scrap plastics. | Jordi Prats/Shutterstock

Activists have contacted the world’s largest shipping lines, asking them to stop carrying loads that violate new Basel Convention regulations covering the global scrap plastic trade.

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Our top stories from February 2021

Published: March 2, 2021
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Cardboard collected for recycling.

Readers last month were drawn to an insider’s analysis of recycled fiber markets. | Quang Ho/Shutterstock

Readers last month were drawn to articles covering recovered material markets and movement, racial diversity in the recycling sector, the effects of industry consolidation and more.

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Pandemic e-commerce drives mill’s recycled packaging

Published: February 23, 2021
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Inland Empire mill

Inland Empire Paper Company operates a 110-year-old paper mill that uses recycled fiber near Spokane, Wash. | Courtesy of Inland Empire Paper Company

A Pacific Northwest paper mill has begun producing new grades of paper made from recovered fiber, a response to changing end markets and growing customer interest in recycled content.

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The details on price spikes for recyclables in two regions

Published: February 23, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor inside a waste and recycling processing plant.

In survey responses, MRFs reported that average value of curbside recyclables went up considerably in the fourth quarter of 2020. | jantsarik/Shutterstock

Recycling processors know that 2020 ended strongly when it comes to commodity values. Two recent surveys quantify the blended-value boost.

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