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Santander invests £1.3M in Plastecowood--a UK-based plastic wood producer--to increase recipient's annual output of Smartawood to 6,000 tonnes from 2,000 tonnes; Smartawood is made from recycled plastic packaging waste often rejected for contamination

Recycleye, FANUC to scale and deploy Recycleye Robotics, an AI-powered automated waste-picking system for meeting international standards for waste purity; many recycling facilities have not yet fully automated sorting due to high capital, retrofit costs

US, Canada, EU are illegally exporting contaminated, mixed plastic waste to developing nations, says non-profit group Basel Action Network; waste is sent to countries such as Vietnam, India, Philippines, which UN agreements are supposed to protect

Nanyang Technological University researchers develop pyrolysis system to turn plastic waste into hydrogen fuel, carbon nanotubes; method can convert difficult-to-recycle litter such as contaminated food packaging, styrofoam, plastic bags

The Recycling Partnership releases updated resource that provides step-by-step details to reduce contamination of recyclables; kit can be used by communities getting started with drop-off recycling or communities with established recycling

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