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ACI 2015: Groups, governments, consider changes to recycling policies

6:13 PM MST | January 29, 2015 | Vincent Valk

Groups are advocating, and governments are considering, changes to recycling policy to increase recycling rates in the US, according to a panel discussion on packaging held yesterday at ACI’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida. US recycling rates are...


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