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Covestro introduces 3D printing material made from recycled PET

Covestro has introduced a glass-fibre filled recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for 3D pellet printing. Made from post-consumer PET waste, Arnite AM2001 GF rPET fits Covestro's vision for a circular economy and illustrates how complementary the two organizations are in their approach to adding more value to additive manufacturing and industrial production overall.

Nexus' commercial-scale circular waste-to-virgin-plastics solution recycles at the molecular level

Nexus, the circular waste-plastics solution specialist based out of Atlanta, Georgia, is using a proprietary technology to convert a broad range of plastic waste into liquids which can be converted into virgin plastics,  and is the first in the world to receive the International Sustainability and Carbon-Plus Certification (ISCC) for production at this scale.  

Kruger first tissue manufacturer to sign the Canada Plastics Pact

Kruger Products L.P. is now a signatory of the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), making it the first tissue manufacturer to be part of this national commitment. The company recently launched its 10-year sustainability strategy, Reimagine 2030, which includes a target of reducing the virgin plastic in its trademark branded packaging by 50% by 2030. Joining the CPP is the first tangible example of the company's commitment to achieving its new targets.

BC's Return-It is broadening its commitment to the circular economy in time for Earth Day

For the past 26 years, Return-It, based out of Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, has been a leader in environmental protection through recycling and education. In the lead up to Earth Day, the B.C. stewardship organization is broadening its commitment to sustainability by announcing its social purpose, which is aimed at creating a better future for people, communities and the planet, and "We exist to foster a world where nothing is waste."

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Paper Recycling

The top four trends in carton recycling for 2021

As for most industries, the last year has been a challenging one for carton recycling in Canada. Certainly, at the Carton Council of Canada (CCC), we have witnessed a year characterized by significant fluctuations in both demand and price. Navigating these changes has not been for the faint of heart, nor should we expect that we've seen the last of pandemic-related impact on our business. Nevertheless, there are strategies we can use to help mitigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities ahead of us. Without a doubt, this is an excellent time to recommit to best practices like positive sorting, bale quality and consumer education. 

Curbing single-stream contamination of OCC at the MRF

Contamination of incoming OCC and other fibre streams at the MRF has risen significantly over the last several years. The pandemic has had an effect on what is being discarded, how much, and where. Today's MRF's see much more OCC and mixed paper from curbside programs, but far less Sorted Office Paper from businesses, for example. For MRF operators who are having issues with contamination of their incoming streams, resulting in higher sorting costs and lower purity of output, there are technology and strategies that can help. 

OCC volatility is off the charts

Recycled paper, and old corrugated containers (OCC) in particular, has always been a volatile commodity. Over the past few years, the market has seen boosts in demand from rising recycled containerboard production, followed by a sharp fall in export opportunities as countries, including China, introduce quality restrictions on imports and then supply-side disruptions. All this has naturally led to major swings in pricing.

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​Viridor and TOMRA poised to collaborate on new deposit return program in Scotland

UK-based Viridor has a network over 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities with 600 waste collection vehicles. Viridor and TOMRA Collection Solutions have formed a partnership which brings extensive recycling expertise and experience together in a bid for the design, build and operation of the Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) counting and sorting centres. Deposit return schemes for beverage containers play a vital part in preventing littering and driving sustainable recycling outcomes in more than 40 jurisdictions worldwide. It is acknowledged as a highly effective way to secure high community participation and high return rates. The deposit, being reimbursed in full, offers a financial incentive for consumers to return used containers for recycling.

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