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Google identifies ‘interventions’ to boost plastics circularity

Published: March 22, 2022
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A report from Google suggests that reaching a circular economy will require rethinking design, reducing resource consumption, recycling and other interventions. | Nevodka/Shutterstock

Google published its latest plastic circularity report, finding that both chemical and mechanical recycling will be needed to close the “plastics circularity gap” by 2040. The tech giant also pointed to taxing virgin plastics to help reduce waste.

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Mixed bale processor adds facility in western Canada

Published: March 22, 2022
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Pellet produced from recycled plastic by EFS-plastics.

EFS-plastics will open a second facility to expand recycling capacity while keeping the company’s carbon footprint as low as possible. | Courtesy of EFS-plastics

Driven by demand for polypropylene and polyethylene, plastics recycler EFS-plastics is opening a processing site in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Conference panelists outline state of plastics recycling policy

Published: March 15, 2022
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David Biderman, far right, addresses the audience at the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference. | Brian Adams Photo

Interest in minimum-recycled-content mandates and extended producer responsibility bills is at an all-time high, but the reality of passing legislation is more complicated, according to industry experts.

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US fiber exports rebound after two years of declines

Published: March 15, 2022
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Census Bureau data shows U.S. companies exported nearly 18 million short tons of recovered fiber in 2021, up 13% from the year prior. | DifferR/Shutterstock

Scrap fiber exports to China collapsed in 2021, but the rest of the world more than made up the difference. Scrap plastics, however, continued their years-long decline in shipments.

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The Recycling Partnership to launch PET Recycling Coalition

Published: March 15, 2022
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PET bottles for recycling.

The PET Recycling Coalition will launch in the next few months and will provide grants to MRFs and other facilities to increase the capture of PET beyond bottles. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

The Recycling Partnership will launch a PET recycling coalition, a representative of the nonprofit group announced at last week’s Plastics Recycling Conference.

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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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What erratic plastic pricing has meant for a major manufacturer

Published: February 21, 2022
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Volatile pricing in resin markets has presented challenges for Advanced Drainage Systems over the past year. | Chris Tennant/Shutterstock

Using recycled plastic is good business for Advanced Drainage Systems, but recent reports and interviews make clear that it’s not always painless.

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Program leaders outline circular economy strategies

Published: February 15, 2022
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During a recent SWANA webinar, leaders from Seattle and Phoenix offered insights from their work toward circular economy goals. | Diana Parkhouse/Shutterstock

Two municipal officials and a Plastics Pact representative shared tips for moving away from a “make, take, waste” framework during a recent webinar. Public-private partnerships and system redesigns were two of the ideas shared.

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Avangard to ‘cohabitate’ mechanical, chemical recycling

Published: February 8, 2022
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Avangard Innovative’s Waller, Texas facility will be home to the first U.S. deployment of Honeywell’s chemical recycling technology. | Courtesy of Avangard

Avangard Innovative has become one of the first examples of a large mechanical plastics recycling company embracing chemical recycling technologies.

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The details behind WM’s Continuus deal

Published: February 1, 2022
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Continuus Everboard product at a project installation.

Every 1,000 square feet of Everboard prevents about 1 ton of mixed paper-plastic from going to landfill. | Courtesy of Continuus

Within three years, Waste Management could be sending 150,000 tons of mixed paper and plastic each year to a factory that will recycle the otherwise-landfill-bound material into a high-quality roofing board.

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