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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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Indorama invests over $50M in Alabama PET recycling plant

Published: June 8, 2021
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Bottle delabeller from Amut

Indorama Ventures Sustainable Solutions will install AMUT equipment at its Alabama PET recycling facility, including bottle de-labeling equipment like the unit pictured above. | Courtesy of AMUT

Indorama Ventures Sustainable Solutions is spending significantly to more than double the size and flake-production capacity of its Alabama PET recycling plant, according to interviews and city documents.

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Plastics giants snatch up plants from recycled PET processor

Published: June 2, 2021
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CarbonLITE's Dallas recycling facility featuring BHS equipment.

Equipment in CarbonLite’s Dallas PET recycling facility. Indorama Ventures submitted the high bid to acquire the plant during an auction this week.

As part of a bankruptcy case, DAK Americas, Indorama Ventures and The Sterling Group have submitted the high bids to acquire CarbonLite’s PET recycling facilities.

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