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Fiber exports drop 17%, plastic shipments hit record low

Published: February 13, 2024
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Fiber bales stacked for recycling.

The U.S. exported 14.3 million short tons of recovered fiber in 2023, down 17% from 2022. | Nickpeps/Shutterstock

U.S. recovered paper exports in 2023 reached a 19-year low, driven by major multi-year declines in shipments into key overseas markets. Recovered plastic exports dropped slightly year over year, bringing a record low for another consecutive year. Continue Reading

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NY attorney general sues PepsiCo over river pollution

Published: November 27, 2023
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A lawsuit from New York State Attorney General Letitia James makes a number of allegations against PepsiCo, including failure to warn the public about the environmental impact of its products. | Pixinoo/Shutterstock

New York State’s attorney general is the latest to launch a lawsuit against a major brand over plastic, this time focused on pollution. Continue Reading

Plastics reclaimer to invest $17M in technologies

Published: October 16, 2023
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The money will go toward increasing EFS-plastics’ processing capacity. | Courtesy of EFS

Plastics reclaimer EFS-plastics will invest $17 million in recycling technologies at its locations in Pennsylvania and Alberta over two years, the company announced. Continue Reading

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ADS buys 540 million pounds of recycled plastic in 2023

Published: October 9, 2023
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On top of its significant PCR use in 2023, ADS also broke ground on its Energy and Technology Center. | ADS

Advanced Drainage Systems continues to be a heavyweight in the recycled plastic arena, buying 540 million pounds of recycled material in 2023 and consuming a quarter of the pigmented HDPE bottles recovered in the United States. Continue Reading

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UN rolls out initial draft of global plastics treaty

Published: September 11, 2023
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Stakeholders and involved parties will continue to debate the precise language of the agreement. | Nexus 7/Shutterstock

The first working draft of the United Nations’ global plastics agreement lays out the broad strokes of what is intended to be a legally binding way to manage plastic pollution on land and in the oceans. Continue Reading

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Comments on plastics strategy urge source reduction, EPR

Published: August 7, 2023
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Plastics littering a beach in Malaysia.

Many responses from environmental groups focused on the need for the U.S. EPA’s National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution to rein in the generation of new plastics. | Rich Carey/Shutterstock

The U.S. EPA asked for input on its draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution, and recycling industry stakeholders have answered.  Continue Reading

Republic plans to produce recycled-content resin

Published: July 31, 2023
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A rendering of one of four Blue Polymers plants that will be built in various regions of the U.S. | Courtesy of Republic Services

Republic Services is moving deeper into plastics processing, launching a $350 million joint venture with a global polymers firm Ravago to produce recycled pellet at four U.S. facilities. Continue Reading

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WM and Republic move forward on major plastic plans

Published: March 27, 2023
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Both WM and Republic are vertically integrating, with the former making acquisitions and the latter drawing up plans for a new facility. | Lipik Stok Media/Shutterstock

Seeing big business opportunities, the two largest garbage and recycling companies in North America will put tens of millions of dollars into expanding their downstream plastics processing capabilities in coming years. 

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