August 27, 2012
by Nick Magrisso
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Governor Quinn, thanks for putting the bag on that bill

Nick Magrisso, Midwest Program , Chicago
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act (SB 3442); a controversial state senate bill that passed the legislature in May, and was the source of much contenti… Continue reading

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February 7, 2012
by Recycling
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Recycling Report Sparks Plastic Bag Debate

The recycling of post-consumer plastic bags and wraps reached nearly 972 million pounds in 2010, according to a recent report. This represents a 14 percent increase over 2009 and a 50 percent increase since 2005, according to the report developed…
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January 12, 2012
by Reduce
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Madison, Wis. to Recycle Plastic Bags Curbside

Starting this year, Madison, Wis. residents will be able to recycle plastic shopping bags curbside, according to the city’s Streets Division. Madison’s recycling program accepts plastic grocery, produce and newspaper bags. Water softener salt bags, bread bags and other plastic bags marked as #2 plastic (HDPE) or #4 plastic (LLDPE) can also be recycled, along [...] Continue reading

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December 16, 2011
by Reduce
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World’s Longest Bridge Made of Recycled Plastic

Here at Earth911, we’ve seen boats, schools and greenhouses constructed out of plastic bottles, but now plastic bottles are being recycled into a different kind of structure in the U.S. and Europe – bridges. Over in Peeblesshire, Scotland, British company Vertech Composites just wrapped up construction on the world’s longest bridge made out of plastic [...] Continue reading

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August 22, 2011
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Coke Reopens Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant

After shutting down in March and laying off workers, Coca-Cola’s bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C., will reopen this week, according to PlasticsNews.com. The $50 million facility opened in 2009 with plans of becoming the…

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July 28, 2011
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Innovators in Plastic Recycling Awarded

The American Chemistry Council announced the very first winners of their Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards. “We wanted to call attention to the advancements and innovative thinking going on in plastics recycling,” said Steve Russell, Vice…
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July 28, 2011
by Recycling
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Innovators in Plastic Recycling Awarded

The American Chemistry Council announced the very first winners of their Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards. “We wanted to call attention to the advancements and innovative thinking going on in plastics recycling,” said Steve Russell, Vice…&… Continue reading

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July 11, 2011
by Reduce
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The Greener Shopping Cart: Plastic vs. Metal

It’s not something you think of when you’re navigating a shopping cart through the aisles of your favorite store, but what happens to shopping carts when they’re old, rusted and no longer usable? Recycling metal carts seems like a no-brainer, but what happens to the plastic ones? Chris Nelson, owner and vice president of The [...] Continue reading

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June 2, 2011
by Recycling
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The Plastic Recycling Rate That Jumped 50 Percent

Yogurt cups. Butter tubs. Five-gallon buckets. Disposable cups. While it might seem these items don’t have much in common, an American Chemistry Council report found that recycling of these types of non-bottle rigid plastics has risen by an…

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August 17, 2010
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Is Landfilling Plastic Bottles Greener than Recycling?

Dumping used plastic bottles in landfills can sometimes be better for the environment than recycling them, a controversial report claims.

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July 2, 2010
by Leon Kaye
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Starbucks Pilot Program Recycles Cups into Napkins

This fall, stores in the Chicago will start sending used cups to a Green Bay, WI, paper mill, where a Georgia Pacific facility will turn them into napkins. The program will start small but is a significant step to address the company’s devouring of 3… Continue reading

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