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Less corrugated to landfill as wax coating usage drops

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance reports that just 3% of corrugated volume in 2013 used wax coatings, helping the recycling rate for old corrugated containers reach 88.5%.
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Paper explores Extended Producer Responsibility challenges

A new discussion paper looks at the hurdles to implementing EPR at the local government level and proposes a platform for support and advancement of the policy.
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Does food residue impact the recycling of foodservice packaging?

The Foodservice Packaging Institute completes a second study to understand whether food contamination is a real or perceived barrier to recovering more packaging materials.
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Zero-interest loans offered to boost recycling infrastructure

The Closed Loop Fund, made up of major CPGs and retailers, offers municipalities zero-interest loans in order to spur the development of recycling infrastructure and services.
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Americans continue to recycle more plastic bottles

The “National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report” shows a 4.3% increase in recycling of HDPE, PP, and PET bottles, to 2.9 billion pounds, in 2013.
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U.S. PET recycling rate hits 31% in 2013

Strong end-use markets drive growth in domestic PET processing, but challenges remain.
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Sleeve Label Working Group releases recommendations

Final report provides recommendations the packaging industry can use to mitigate the impact of sleeve labels on the recycling of PET bottles.
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Free 'Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools' released

A new set of resources includes a common set of outreach terms for community recycling coordinators to use when educating residents about what plastics to recycle.
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APR releases PP model bale specification

As the supply of post-consumer recycled PP reaches a critical mass, the association releases a model bale specification to reduce the contamination of material in PP bales.
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Recycling Partnership gets rolling with first three cities

A public/private group formed at this year’s Walmart Expo, the Recycling Partnership announces it will assist four U.S. cities to improve their recycling systems.

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