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Republic and MIRA reach contract settlement

Published: February 23, 2021
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The settlement is the latest chapter in a long-running contract dispute between the two entities. | Aerial Mike/Shutterstock

A Connecticut recycling authority will pay Republic Services $1.3 million, and Republic agreed to continue running the authority’s MRF for a couple more months, as part of a legal settlement.

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Former manager at ECUA charged with theft

Published: December 3, 2019
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A former MRF manager is accused of stealing over $500,000 in commodity sales revenues. | Billion Photos/Shutterstock

A former MRF employee in Florida was charged with theft and fraud after selling recyclables and allegedly pocketing the money. The situation is one of at least two recent MRF fraud investigations.

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DISH Network agrees to recycle scrap after disposal lawsuit

Published: April 26, 2022
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The California Attorney General and Alameda County District Attorney sued DISH Network, alleging the company illegally landfilled scrap electronics. | Tada Images/Shutterstock

TV and wireless services provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle allegations that it illegally disposed of scrap electronics in California. Continue Reading

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Keurig agrees to $10 million settlement, recycling disclaimer

Published: March 1, 2022
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As part of the settlement Keurig cannot label, market, advertise or otherwise represent the cups as recyclable without a clear and prominent revised qualifying statement that the materials are not recycled in many communities.  | zimmytws/Shutterstock

Keurig Green Mountain reached a class-action settlement with a consumer who sued over coffee pod recyclability claims, agreeing to pay $10 million and add language indicating the cups are “not recycled in many communities.”

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Owners of e-scrap firms face hazardous waste charges

Published: December 21, 2021
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Regulators estimate that Recycletronics stockpiled nearly 17 million pounds of CRT materials and other scrap electronics. | nampix/Shutterstock

A Midwest man was sentenced to three years of probation and an East Coast man pleaded guilty to a hazardous waste crime in court cases that both involve TV recycling.

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Greenpeace and Walmart continue renewed legal battle

Published: December 7, 2021
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The Greenpeace lawsuit focuses on Walmart’s use of the How2Recycle label on certain of the company’s private label plastic packaging. | QualityHD/Shutterstock

A lawsuit alleging Walmart deceives customers about recyclability of its packaging has been reopened. Attorneys for Greenpeace expect their complaint, which was previously dismissed by a federal judge, will be allowed to move forward in its amended form.

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Keurig agrees to settle coffee pod recyclability suit

Published: December 7, 2021
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Keurig has tentatively settled a class-action suit regarding the company’s recyclability claims. | John Mantell/Shutterstock

Keurig Green Mountain has reached a tentative class-action settlement with a consumer who is suing the company over its coffee pod recyclability claims.

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

Published: November 2, 2021
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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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MRF equipment firm Machinex wins patent fight with rival

Published: October 26, 2021
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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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Judge ends Greenpeace’s labeling suit against Walmart

Published: September 28, 2021
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A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Greenpeace lacked standing to sue the world’s largest retailer over recyclability labeling in California. | Harun Ozmen / Shutterstock

A California court has dismissed a legal complaint Greenpeace brought against Walmart, ruling that the activist group itself was not deceived by labels indicating the corporation’s plastic packaging is recyclable.

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