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Plastic bottle recycling grew by 97 million pounds in 2014, increasing 3.3 percent, to top 3 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest ban on personal care products containing plastic microbeads, such as toothpastes, soaps, and shower gels, that are designed to be rinsed down the drain.

A program recognizing innovations in product design and technology promoting plastics recycling is accepting nominations through October 31.

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The lightweight, polyethylene shopping bag is a masterpiece of modern engineering.

The New York State Supreme Court overturned sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s decision to ban foam foodservice items, clearing the way for the city to embrace a recycling program that would cover 100 percent of polystyrene products and generate new revenue for the city.

Residents and commercial outlets in Colchester County, Nova Scotia can soon add polystyrene foam foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays and protective packaging to their recycling bins, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.