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Researchers tout benefits of a US bottle bill

Published: May 4, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Researchers estimate over 74 billion PET bottles were landfilled, burned or littered in the U.S. in 2019. | Teerasak Ladnongkhun / Shutterstock

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A new report estimates that a nationwide bottle deposit program would reduce the number of drink containers each American wastes to 67 per year, down from 426 under the status quo.

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Unilever invests in fund that acquires recycling companies

Published: March 30, 2021
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Unilever logo on company building with blue sky above.

Unilever uses about 118,000 metric tons of plastic packaging in North America each year, half of which is post-consumer resin. | Peter Bueno/Shutterstock

Unilever North America will invest $15 million in the Closed Loop Partners Leadership Fund, a private equity platform that helps grow companies in the recycling value chain.

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Details on Circulate Capital’s Indian plastics investments

Published: December 22, 2020
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Workers at the Dalmia Polypro Industries facility.

Circulate Capital invested in Dalmia Polypro Industries, a plastic bottle recycling company based in Mumbai, India. | Courtesy of Circulate Capital.

The U.S. and Europe have had formal recycling infrastructure in place for decades. That’s not the case in India, where Circulate Capital just invested millions of dollars to boost infrastructure and reduce ocean plastics generation.

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Reusable packaging platform draws millions

Published: December 15, 2020
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A table with samples of reusable packaging in the Loop platform.

Since its launch in May 2019, Loop has attracted more than 100 brands, and its durable packaging is used in some 400 products. | Courtesy of Loop.

Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and other investors have put $25 million behind Loop, a packaging reuse model that launched last year.

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Major packaging users hit 6.2% average recycled content

Published: November 10, 2020
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Walmart store's dairy shelf.

Walmart grew its recycled plastic use across product packaging lines from less than 0.5% in 2018 to 9% in 2019. | Chekyravaa/Shutterstock

Some of the largest packaged goods and retail firms increased their use of recycled plastic in 2019, but they have work to do to hit 2025 targets, according to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation update.

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The Recycling Partnership and ACC back fees to lift recycling

Published: October 6, 2020
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Plastic packaging

The Recycling Partnership recently released “Accelerating Recycling,” a policy document outlining a proposal that includes fees paid by brands and packaging producers. | photka/Shutterstock

Two major industry groups are promoting packaging fees on product makers to support recycling infrastructure development, a shift one MRF operator described as a “historical moment.”

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Brand owner invests $30 million to bolster plastics recycling

Published: September 15, 2020
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Major global food and beverage company Nestlé announced a $30 million investment in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund. | JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock

After announcing a plan early this year to buy a massive volume of recycled resin in the coming years, Nestlé has begun investing in the U.S. to support that goal.

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Five big brands averaged 8% recycled content

Published: June 16, 2020
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A plastic Starbucks cup on a table in store.

Of the 190,00 metric tons of plastic Starbucks used from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, 6% was recycled content. | ansoz/Shutterstock

Post-consumer resin makes up a small percentage of all plastic used by Coca-Cola, Starbucks and others, according to a new report that will be used to track company progress on increasing recycled plastic use.

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Ocean plastics venture announces first investments

Published: April 28, 2020
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Circulate Capital announced $6 million in funding to recycling companies to prevent marine debris. | Igor Batenev/Shutterstock

Circulate Capital invested $6 million in plastics recycling companies in India and Indonesia, the brand-backed firm’s first outlay designed to prevent marine plastics.

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