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Report says plastic drags down municipal recycling systems

Published: August 3, 2021
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A study from GAIA found that, in five selected cities, only 24% of PET, HDPE and PP was getting recycled. | Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock

A study published by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives pins low recycling rates in U.S. cities squarely on hard-to-recycle plastics that are collected through curbside programs.

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Plastics recycling startup unveils expansion project

Published: August 3, 2021
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PureCycle Technologies’ initial investment, estimated at $440 million, includes three production lines, each of which can process 130 million pounds of PP scrap per year. | Tudoran Andrei / Shutterstock

A polypropylene recycling startup developing a commercial-scale facility in Ohio announced a deal to build a plant in Georgia.

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Experts provide 30 fixes for California recycling system

Published: July 7, 2021
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The California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling in late June published an expansive report with recommendations for lawmakers. | Nordroden / Shutterstock

A government-convened commission of California recycling stakeholders has outlined steps to boost markets and cut contamination. But the group’s report also leaves PP plastic off a key initial list of accepted materials, drawing quick pushback from national associations.

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New Jersey lawmakers advance recycled-content mandate

Published: July 7, 2021
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Legislators in New Jersey approved recycled-content mandates for containers and bags made from several materials. | Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

A bill establishing minimum post-consumer recycled plastic, glass and paper use in containers and bags was approved by the New Jersey Senate last month.

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Report estimates drop in plastic recycled in 2019

Published: June 22, 2021
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PET bottles collected for recycling.

Data shows that the U.S. PET bottle recycling rate in 2019 was 27.9%, down from 29.0% in 2018. | TeuNg-StyLe / Shutterstock

Slightly less scrap plastic from the U.S. was recycled in 2019 than the year prior. The data comes as brand owners signal greater demand for recycled resins.

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Plastics-to-fuel company developing $680 million facility

Published: June 15, 2021
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Baled plastics for recycling.

More than 100 employees will be hired to work at Brightmark’s upcoming $680 million Georgia plant. | Frank Fiedler / Shutterstock

Brightmark recently announced it will build a second facility bringing in mixed plastics for chemical recycling. To be located in Georgia, the plant will have a processing capacity of 800 million pounds per year.

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