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EPA: US recycled less plastic in 2017

Posted on November 21st, 2019 by plasticycle

Posted on  November 21, 2019 by Jared Paben, Resource Recycling In 2017, the U.S. recycled 3 million tons of plastic, down 5.1% from 2015, according to the EPA. The U.S. plastics recycling rate fell to its lowest level in half a decade, recently released figures show. The plastics recycling rate decreased from 9.0% in 2015 to 8.4% […]

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Alpla moves into recycling of HDPE into packaging

Posted on November 7th, 2019 by plasticycle

by: PlasticsToday Staff November 06, 2019 With two of its own PET recycling plants in Austria and Poland (PET Recycling Team) and joint ventures in Mexico and Germany, Alpla (Hard, Austria) has long been established in the field of PET recycling. These operations currently have an annual capacity of 70,000 tonnes/77,162 tons. Alpla is now taking […]

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Major PET recyclers exit APR over recycled content laws

Posted on October 11th, 2019 by plasticycle

STEVE TOLOKEN Plastics News Staff 10/4/19 Verdeco Recycling Inc. and CarbonLite Industries LLC wrote in a Sept. 25 letter that APR should speak more forcefully. Two prominent PET recycling companies are leaving the Association of Plastic Recyclers, arguing that the sector’s main trade group is not providing strong enough support on issues like recycled content legislation. […]

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Demand for recycled PET complicates market outlook, PS has some options

Posted on July 26th, 2019 by plasticycle

Plastics News, Frank Esposito, July 25, 2019 11:01 AM Houston — Global markets for PET bottle resin and polystyrene are keeping their heads above water in 2019. Virgin PET is facing challenges from sustainability-fueled demand for more recycled PET, IHS Markit analyst Tison Keel said at Global Plastics Summit 2019, June 4-6 in Houston. “Global […]

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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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