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MRF equipment firm Machinex wins patent fight with rival

Published: October 26, 2021
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Court gavel on desk.

On Oct. 21, Machinex and Green Machine submitted a request to end the court case, with each side paying their own legal expenses. | corgarashu / Shutterstock

Optical sorter providers Machinex and Green Machine have ended their legal battle over imaging technology patents, with Green Machine’s initial claims deemed invalid.

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Amid shipping crisis, recycling loads often ‘first to get cut’

Published: October 26, 2021
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Global shipping constraints are impacting recovered commodities traders in unique ways. | Creativa Images / Shutterstock

Strife in the global shipping sector continues to impact North American recycling, with companies experiencing higher rates as well as decreased shipping availability and reliability.

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O-I settles with regulators over glass facility pollution concerns

Published: October 26, 2021
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O-I glass cullet for recycling in Portland, Ore.

Cullet sits ready to be recycled at Owens-Illinois’ glass bottle factory in Portland, Ore. | Photo by Jared Paben

Owens-Illinois will install emissions control equipment or shut down its Portland, Ore. recycled glass bottle plant, under a settlement reached with state environmental officials.
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Report examines how to boost recycling markets in Texas

Published: October 5, 2021
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Bales of plastics in a recycling facility.

A new report shows the bulk of recyclables collected in Texas are processed at 31 MRFs. | RYosha / Shutterstock

A comprehensive look at the Lone Star State’s recycling system identified several strategies governments can use to bolster recycling market development in their jurisdictions, including recycled-content mandates and public procurement policies.

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Why carton recycling has stalled in one state

Published: October 19, 2021
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Soup cartons for recycling.

Food and beverage cartons are not accepted in curbside recycling in a number of large municipalities in Massachusetts. | Velour Noire / Shutterstock

When MRF operators sat down with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection officials in 2018 to develop a non-mandated accepted recyclables list, cartons didn’t make the cut. 

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WM details shifts in recycling stream and end markets

Published: October 19, 2021
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Waste Management’s overall recycling collection dropped slightly from 2019 to 2020. | Courtesy of Waste Management

A report from Waste Management describes how the pandemic shifted the composition of the curbside stream from paper to plastic last year. The document also provides insights into the company’s domestic market expectations and recycling investments. 

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Pollution impacts are just a piece of environmental justice

Published: October 19, 2021
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U.S. EPA official Carlton Waterhouse told an audience at the Northeast Recycling Council’s fall conference that social equity is integral to sustainability. | Sirisak Baokaew/Shutterstock

Carlton Waterhouse, a key U.S. EPA waste official, says moving toward a circular economy is not enough. Instead, society needs a “circular economy for all.” Continue Reading

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Recycled glass end user expands to West Coast

Published: October 12, 2021
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New Jersey Department of Transportation workers spread recycled glass aggregate produced by Aero Aggregates over soft soil on a highway embankment. | Photo courtesy Aero Aggregates

Manufacturer Aero Aggregates has its sights set on California to help ease customer freight concerns. Continue Reading

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Recycling labeling debate primed to heat up nationally

Published: October 12, 2021
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Industry stakeholders say a restrictive labeling rule in California could stymie collection of polypropylene. | Allexxandar / Shutterstock

As California regulators gear up to write statewide guidelines for which products are “recyclable,” analysts say the process – spurred by recent legislation – will have national impacts.

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