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The future of recycling may not be what you expect

Posted on May 29th, 2019 by plasticycle

By Jim Johnson, Plastics News, May 28, 2019 A great article showing the new issues that the plastics recycling market is facing especially considering new import sanctions from China. At PlastiCycle we are doing our part in the domestic plastic recycling effort! Plastics Industry Association, Kim Holmes Grand Rapids, Mich. — Plastics recycling is undergoing a […]

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Plastic exports continue steep declines

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by plasticycle

Resource Recycling, Posted on  May 22, 2019 by Colin Staub U.S. recovered plastic exports during the first quarter were down by nearly half compared with a year ago. The latest trade figures, published this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, show not only the impacts of China’s trade restrictions but also sharp reductions in exports to […]

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Plastics News: Congress probes plastics recycling challenges

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by plasticycle

May 3, 2019 by Steve Toloken Washington — The head of a U.S. House science subcommittee is calling for a national strategy around plastics recycling. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., made the call to upgrade decades-old waste infrastructure and deal with new challenges like microplastics. The April 30 hearing, titled “Closing the Loop: Emerging Technologies in Plastics […]

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India to end plastic scrap imports

Posted on March 7th, 2019 by plasticycle

Resource Recycling, Inc. Posted on  March 6, 2019 by Colin Staub The Indian government says it will ban scrap plastic imports, a move that threatens to further disrupt the U.S. recycling industry by closing a growing market. India’s environment ministry issued a release today, laying out a handful of changes to the country’s hazardous waste rules, some of […]

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Plastics News: KFC boosts efforts in plastics packaging

Posted on January 25th, 2019 by plasticycle

Plastics NewsJanuary 24, 2019 By JIM JOHNSON KFC boosts sustainability efforts in plastics packaging Updated — A well-known fast-food restaurant is taking a big step beyond the straw debate with a commitment to make all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025. KFC said the decision comes as restaurants in certain markets already are working […]

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Real sustainability can improve plastics’ image without sacrificing profitability

Posted on January 9th, 2019 by plasticycle

Plastics News January 8, 2019 Don Loepp Plastics have suffered from an image problem for decades. But 2018 may be remembered as a tipping point, when negative public opinion started to cause real harm to the industry. But that doesn’t have to happen. Reasonable people, even critics, understand that plastics provide benefits to society: saving […]

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Long Abandoned Landfill Could Turn Into Waste, Recycle Plant for West Nashville, TN

Posted on December 7th, 2018 by plasticycle

WasteAdvantage Magazine December 7, 2018 An abandoned landfill may become a much-needed utility for West Nashville.  The 50-plus plot of prime property has basically been abandoned since the ’70s, formerly known as the Buzzard Hollow landfill.  Buzzard Hollow was shut down in 1973 due to runoff issues, and the property has changed hands several times since. The problem […]

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Plastics News: Blow molding machinery market adjusts to changing packaging sector

Posted on December 4th, 2018 by plasticycle

Plastics News By BILL BREGAR  Michael A. MarcotteGary Carr, vice president of sales, and Steven D. London, president and chief operating officer, Bekum America Corp. . . The U.S. blow molding machinery market remained healthy in 2018, with some manufacturers reporting strong growth and others a spotty year with some sluggishness. Industrial blow molding faced tougher […]

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PET bottle recycling rate rises to 29.2 percent

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by plasticycle

PlastiCycle is proud to help contribute to the increase in domestic plastic recycling!   by Jared Paben The U.S. PET bottle recycling rate inched upward last year, as domestic reclaimers gobbled up the recovered plastic volumes no longer being consumed by foreign buyers. The recycling rate was estimated at 29.2 percent in 2017, up from 28.4 […]

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DuPont building $80M in engineering plastics in China

Posted on November 9th, 2018 by plasticycle

Plastics News November 8, 2018 UPDATED A DAY AGO By SHAHRZAD POURRIAHI DowDuPont Inc.A signing ceremony for the DuPont specialty materials facility in East China. DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP) is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China, to produce “compounded high-end engineering plastics and […]

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