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Recycling Definitions Matter

Recycling Definitions Matter

Lack of clarity in rules severely impacts the public’s ability to recycle.

From an operations perspective, recycling is well-defined: materials are collected and reprocessed into a suitable input for manufacturing. This can occur as closed-loop recycling (for instance, manufacturing new aluminum cans from recovered aluminum cans) or open-loop recycling (like manufacturing carpet fiber from recovered Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET bottles).

The primary operational goal for any recycling effort is to use these recovered materials as a replacement for virgi

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