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PET water bottles: recycling grows, while weight drops

New studies show that the recycling rate for bottled water reached nearly 39% in 2011, while amount of PET plastic used in bottled water containers continues to drop.
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Winners of $25,000 packaging innovation challenge announced

Three winners meet the challenge of developing ‘More Sustainable and Effective Approaches for Delivering Micronutrient Powders.’
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Plastic film recycling rises to 1 billion lb annually

A new report reveals that in 2011 plastic film recycling rose by 4% to reach 1 billion lb annually—a new high for the recovery of plastic bags, wraps, and shrink film.
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San Jose rejects foam foodservice recycling, bucking California trend

Although PS foam packaging is the only foodservice packaging recycled in CA, San Jose City Council restricts its use; plastics makers urge council to reconsider.
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New materials recycling challenges addressed

When it comes to packaging materials, innovation and recycling are sometimes at odds.
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Clearly Clean Products, LLC: Recyclable MAP tray

Clearly Clean Products, LLC’s recyclable Modified Atmosphere Package tray for meat, poultry, and entrées is an FDA-compliant tray that utilizes a patented process of applying a peelable, thin printed liner to an RPET tray using the same material that is used in water bottles.
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Rockwell Solutions Ltd.: Mono-layer film

RockBarLid from Rockwell Solutions is a high-clarity, high-barrier, recyclable mono-layer film that is heat sealable, peelable or weldable to produce lidding and barrier flow wrap films suitable for a variety of products.
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Innovative Plastech: Thermoformed pallet tray

Innovative Plastech’s Sell Stack is a thermoformed pallet tray that is said to significantly improve upon the conventional corrugated fiberboard typically used to ship, store, and display bottles and cans, while creating an unobstructed view of products for shoppers.
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New consortium addresses PET recycle stream issues

Members, representing the entire value chain, consider multiple solutions to the problem of full-wrap labels in the PET recycle stream.
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AMERIPEN shares 100 cities survey data

The data gathered on best practices in residential recycling in the top 100 largest cities by household will be used by AMERIEPN to pursue projects to increase material recovery rates.

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