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The push to cut fiber from California’s EPR program

Published: June 28, 2022
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Paper bales for recycling.

An extended producer responsibility bill is currently under consideration in California. | Luis M. Seco/Shutterstock

Nearly a dozen legislators signed a letter asking to remove fiber from California’s proposed extended producer responsibility bill, as it undergoes more amendments in the final days before a June 29 deadline.

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PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

Published: June 28, 2022
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AMP Robotics installation team.

A Fresno, Calif. MRF leveraged grant funding to install robotic sortation equipment to recover more PP. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

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Future of recycling policy in California could be decided soon

Published: June 21, 2022
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California legislators, environmentalists and industry groups are working on a plastics pollution and recycling bill that they hope will persuade ballot measure backers to withdraw their initiative before the deadline at the end of this month. | rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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Recyclability labeling lawsuit launched in Connecticut

Published: June 21, 2022
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A lawsuit takes aim at product marketing claims made by Reynolds Consumer Products around recycling and recyclability. | rawf8/Shutterstock

Connecticut’s attorney general sued Reynolds Consumer Products over the marketing of its Hefty trash bags as recyclable, bringing truth-in-labeling lawsuits to another U.S. state.

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Congress targets recycling and composting ‘information gaps’

Published: June 21, 2022
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Proposed legislation would direct the EPA to create a comprehensive baseline of data on the U.S. recycling system, report on end markets for collected materials, and more. | ItzaVU/Shutterstock

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would call on the federal government to produce in-depth research on the state of America’s recycling and composting systems.

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Oregon Truth-in-Labeling Task Force submits final report

Published: June 7, 2022
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A task force in Oregon has set recommendations for recyclability labeling for consumer packaged goods. | Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock

After nine meetings over five months, the Oregon Truth-in-Labeling Task Force has submitted its final report and recommendations to the state legislature.

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US scrap paper exports sink slightly as plastics drop sharply

Published: June 14, 2022
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India, Mexico and Vietnam are still the top three destinations for U.S. OCC and paper in the first quarter of 2022.  | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

U.S. exports of recovered fiber held relatively steady during the first quarter of 2022, but scrap plastic shipments plunged by more than one-fifth.  Continue Reading

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