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Scientists Develop Process to Turn Plastic into Food

Two scientists are receiving the Future Inisight Prize for developing a new process that turns waste plastic into food. Ting Lu, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Techtmann, associate prof … Read More…

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Mattress retailer penalized for illegally pocketing customer recycling fees

Valley Mattress in Bakersfield, California, will be charged $63,034 in penalties and back payment for failing to submit collected customer fees for recycling. … Read More…

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Plastic Pollution Initiative to Appear on California’s 2022 Ballot

Californians have widespread concern about the negative effects of plastic production and pollution. Source: Plastic Pollution Initiative to Appear on California’s 2022 Ballot Read More…

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British Columbia EPR program hits 85% recovery rate

In 2020, a producer-funded system for paper and packaging recycling achieved a significantly higher recovery rate – and spent more money – than the year prior. Recycle BC, a stewardship group responsible for the printed paper and packaging (PPP) recycling …

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Global lessons on EPR

This article appeared in the June 2021 issue of Resource Recycling. Subscribe today for access to all print content.   During one of the first sessions of SPC Impact 2021, held in April, an international panel sat down to discuss the challenges …

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First Person Perspective: How the paper industry is helping to push product recyclability

People frequently ask me: “Can I recycle this?” When it comes to the forest products industry, there is good news – paper and paper-based packaging are widely recyclable and highly recycled. In the United States, we have a long track …

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An EPA Update on the National Recycling Strategy

The Environmental Protection Agency released its Draft National Recycling Strategy in October 2020, setting the ambitious target to lead the United States to a 50% recycling rate. Industry chatter quickly began with experts chiming in abou … Read More…

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Groups propose blueprint for federal recycling spending

Nonprofit organizations have drafted a plan for federal spending on recycling infrastructure, and much of the document takes aim at plastics. The recently formed Recycling Is Infrastructure Too Campaign released its first Recycling Infrastructure Plan, which lays out which recycling …

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FTC Adopts New Policy Supporting Right to Repair

Following an executive order by President Biden, the FTC is now making a renewed effort to prevent companies from restricting your right to fix your stuff. Source: FTC Adopts New Policy Supporting Right to Repair Read More…

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Trends and Action Around PP, PET, and HDPE

Experts in recycled PP, PET, and HDPE discussed supply & demand, technologies, recycling infrastructure, & evolving legislation around these materials Source: Trends and Action Around PP, PET, and HDPE Read More…