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Scrap plastic exports drop to new low

Scrap plastic exports drop to new low

Recovered plastic exports out of the U.S. dropped slightly in 2023, bringing a record low for the fourth consecutive year.

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Data quantifies progress on plastic recycling

Data quantifies progress on plastic recycling

Some of the largest brand owners slightly increased the amount of recycled plastic they used globally in 2022. And in the U.S., end market demand for RPET grew notably last year, even as bottle collection slipped.

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California market development payments prioritize PET bottles

California market development payments prioritize PET bottles

A long-running post-consumer plastic market development program in California has been modified to further incentivize PET container recycling.

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Loan helps packaging supplier Pinnpack boost capacity

Loan helps packaging supplier Pinnpack boost capacity

The state of California provided a $3.5 million loan to an RPET thermoform manufacturer to help it triple its production capacity and decrease employee headcount, according to state records. 

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EPR reporting deadlines are coming fast

EPR reporting deadlines are coming fast

The first packaging data reporting deadline for extended producer responsibility programs doesn’t come until 2025, which seems far in the future, but compliance experts are warning that companies should start the massive undertaking now. 

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California roundup: Breaking down 2023 legislation

California roundup: Breaking down 2023 legislation

Another busy legislative season is winding down in California. Several recycling-related bills made it to the governor’s desk this year, dealing with the right to repair, extended producer responsibility and the state’s deposit return system. Others didn’t make it to the finish line. 

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Amazon to debut hub with packaging certifications

Amazon to debut hub with packaging certifications

Amazon will roll out an online resource to help sellers participate in the company’s sustainability programs, including packaging sustainability efforts.

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Polyolefins reclaimer invests millions in PCR capacity

Polyolefins reclaimer invests millions in PCR capacity

Plastics reclaimer Polyfit invested up to $7 million expanding its campus in northern Mexico, boosting its polyethylene recycling capacity at a time of rising demand in the U.S.  

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Coca-Cola, bottlers plan recycling tech investments

Coca-Cola, bottlers plan recycling tech investments

The Coca-Cola Company and eight of its bottling partners launched a $137.7 million venture capital fund to help spark sustainability innovations.

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Groups to EPA: Consider source reduction and EPR

Groups to EPA: Consider source reduction and EPR

Ahead of the July 31 deadline, the EPA has received nearly 100 comments on its draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution, many of them calling for federal-level programs. 

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