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1 billion tons of steel recycled in 25 years

The Steel Recycling Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary, highlighting achievements such as an 88% recycling rate, increased energy efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions.
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45% of U.S. households have access to carton recycling

Carton recycling jumps 150% since the formation of the Carton Council of North America in 2009.
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Recycling associations release joint plastic model bale specifications

Two recycling industry associations form taskforce to find common ground on the plastic model bale specifications to improve the efficiency of trade.
Recyclable PP coffee cup keeps contents hot, surface cool
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Recyclable PP coffee cup keeps contents hot, surface cool

Under development for six years, Berry Plastics' new Versalite™ thermal management technology for hot or cold beverage cups allows for superior insulation, keeping hot beverages hot and cold ones cold, while keeping the surface temperature cool for consumers' hands. The reusable, durable, laminated PP cup allows for 10-color reverse flexo-printed graphics and full recyclablility.
Video: Roberts PolyPro improves the packaging sustainability of its handles
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Video: Roberts PolyPro improves the packaging sustainability of its handles

Roberts PolyPro has developed a new two-pack bottle handle that decrease materials sourced and increases pallet utilization. The overall source reduction translates into a 26% lower cost for these new HDPE handles designed for carrying two-gallon jugs of refrigerated product.
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Executive summary details 100 Cities Packaging Recovery research

Publication summarizes AMERIPENS’ research on the adoption of best practices and the effectiveness/efficiency of recovering packaging materials the U.S.’s 100 largest cities.
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Delabeling: A recycling solution for full-wrap label PET bottles?

The Full-Wrap Label Consortium investigates solutions to the recycling stream issues surrounding full-wrap labels on PET bottles.
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Vending machine dispenses 'free' T-shirts made from recycled plastics

To celebrate New York Fashion Week as well as eco-chic clothing, the Plastics Make it Possible initiave sponsors a vending machine that dispenses recycled plastic T-shirts.
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Testing confirms select grades of paperboard with EarthCoating are recyclable

Smart Planet Technologies, Inc. has announced that select paperboard grades with EarthCoating® have successfully completed recyclability and repulpability testing.
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Three strategies identified for increased material recovery in the U.S.

White paper from AMERIPEN identifies three successful recycling strategies from around the globe: unit-based pricing; disposal bans; and recycling mandates.

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