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Paper end users reflect on 2021 OCC price runup

Published: November 30, 2021
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Stacks of baled paper for recycling.

Recovered fiber users recently reported on the financial impact of material prices over the past quarter. | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

One major paper company reported a 179% increase in OCC prices year over year during the third quarter. Although the OCC market has cooled slightly since then, paper companies are projecting similarly elevated prices for the year to come.

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Recycled pulp plants planned for Southeast

Published: November 30, 2021
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Celadon will build its North American headquarters and a recycled brown pulp manufacturing line near Savannah, Ga. | FellowNeko/Shutterstock

A $155 million facility to recycle OCC and mixed paper is coming to the Savannah, Ga. area, the governor’s office announced.

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Paper exports stable despite Chinese market exit

Published: November 30, 2021
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Cargo ship docked at a shipping terminal.

U.S. fiber exports totaled 4.38 million short tons during the third quarter, up from 4.30 million in 2020. | Avigator Fortuner/Shutterstock

The third quarter of the year brought a resilient recovered fiber export market, even as the largest overseas buyer virtually disappeared. Meanwhile, scrap plastic exports continued a precipitous decline.

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Pace Glass, which had $90M processing plans, goes bust

Published: November 2, 2021
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Pace Glass satellite pic

A 2021 satellite image provided by Google shows the partially constructed glass recycling facility in Andover, N.J.

A company working to build a post-consumer glass sorting facility in New Jersey has failed, and its equipment is being auctioned. Meanwhile, environmental regulators are suing the business over contaminated glass piles.

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EPA publishes finalized National Recycling Strategy

Published: November 16, 2021
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Carlton Waterhouse of the U.S. EPA.

Carlton Waterhouse, deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, speaks during a Nov. 15 event.

In conjunction with America Recycles Day, the U.S. EPA on Nov. 15 released a roadmap for improving municipal recycling across the country. Officials say materials recovery is an important component of materials management, but it is not the entire story.

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With revenues soaring, WM and others invest in processing

Published: November 16, 2021
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Waste Management collection truck.

Waste Management announced plans for another $200 million in recycling investments for 2022. | BCFC/Shutterstock

Driven by labor market difficulties, Waste Management is accelerating its plans to upgrade MRFs so they can operate more profitably and with a smaller headcount, the company’s CEO said.

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Aluminum can producers to lobby for deposit legislation

Published: November 10, 2021
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Baled UBCs at Constellium's recycling plant in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Constellium’s plant in Muscle Shoals, Ala. can annually recycle up to 340,000 metric tons of post- and pre-consumer aluminum scrap. | Courtesy of Constellium

Beverage can manufacturers will direct money into pushing state lawmakers to pass new container deposit laws, as part of an industry effort to boost UBC recycling rates.

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Trex to spend $400 million on third film recycling plant

Published: November 2, 2021
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Closeup of Trex composite flooring installed in a restaurant.

Trex will invest $400 million over five years in a recycling and production site at the Port of Little Rock. | Courtesy of Trex

Already the largest scrap film recycler in the U.S., Trex is set to build a large polyethylene recycling and composite lumber production campus in Little Rock, Ark.

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