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Breaking It Down: The Chemical Recycling/Mass Balance Debate

Proponents say mass balance negates the need to duplicate billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure to keep recycled and virgin materials separate throughout the value chain, thus enabling scale up. Opponents say making recycled claims on what can’t be physically traced is misleading.
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EPA Launches New Website to Improve Transparency in Permitting

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Food Date Labeling Act Returns to the Legislature

Research shows confusion over date labels accounts for 8 percent of consumer food waste in the U.S., costing around $30 billion a year. In this Q&A Dana Gunders, executive director of ReFED, updates us on the status of the Food Date Labeling Act, introduced to the legislature for the third time.
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How to Design Sustainable Packaging That Resonates with Consumers

Recycled content is leading the pack today, though material makers and designers in quest of a piece of the market are chasing all types of innovations. They are working on packaging made from agricultural waste and captured carbon emissions, among other unconventional sources.
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The City of Long Beach Approves Bioenergy Devco’s Bid for Organics Recycling Facility

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Which Biopolymers Degrade the Fastest in Real-World Environments?

How do the varied, fast-evolving biobased polymers infiltrating the market degrade in different real-world settings? And what do stakeholders watching the biopolymers space care most about?  These are among a mountain of questions answered in a recent 5 Gyres report.
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Agromin Bolsters Food Waste Recovery with $10 Million Grant From CalRecycle

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Will California Reach its Pending Organics Diversion Goals?

The ability to move forward on what is arguably the country’s largest food scrap collection and processing system has hinged on government public-private sector partnerships. CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner wrote Waste360 detailing progress to date; funding that’s gone into this hardball food waste fight; and support to jurisdictions in implementing programs and overcoming compliance barriers.
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Closed Loop Report Examines Consumer Behavior Towards Reusable, Refillable Packaging

The report aims to decipher customer attitudes, preferences and behaviors concerning reusable and refillable packaging solutions, providing valuable insights for companies, cities and other stakeholders navigating the evolving landscape of reuse and circularity.
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France to Ban Plastic Packaging by 2040 With Other Crackdowns in Store

France is strengthening its push toward a system-wide transition to a circular economy, having set a few world firsts on the policy front. Among them is a national ban on the destruction of unsold goods and a “repairability index,” which rates how fixable electronics are; anyone who markets these wares in France must display these scores on their products. But these two mandates are the proverbial tip of the iceberg.