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  • Polystyrene recycling up

    For the past two decades, the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry has consistently developed better recycling methods and increased waste diversion, despite negative media coverage and legislative ban initiatives that continue to say it’s not recyclable.

  • Scrapo facilitates recyclables trading

    More than 90 percent of plastic products are not recycled and almost 75 percent of them find their way in the landfills. This has resulted in more than 6 billion tons of plastics being dumped in landfills so far and that number increases every year. It takes more than 500 years for most of these plastic materials to decompose completely.

  • FDA clears postconsumer resin for KW Plastics

    KW Plastics confirmed the receipt of a no objection letter (LNO) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for KWR101-150, a natural postconsumer high density polyethylene resin.

  • Plastic bottle recycling dips in 2016; longterm still strong

    Plastic bottle recycling remained strong but declined slightly in 2016, slipping 2.4 percent to just over 2.9 billion pounds, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The 27th annual National Postconsumer Plastic Bottle Recycling Report indicates the overall recycling rate for plastic bottles for the year was 29.7 percent, down from 31.1 percent in 2015.

  • Video promotes recycling’s strong role in job creation

    A new Your Bottle Means Jobs (YBMJ) video from the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council and the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) highlights the economic impact of plastics recycling in the Carolinas at a time when China is tightening up what imported recycling commodity materials it will accept.

  • Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency

    In the light of the current debates around the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics and the revision of the EU waste legislation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, echoed the call for the implementation of separate recycling streams for biodegradable plastics, made by the association of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).

  • Agilyx Corporation expands foam polystyrene recycling capabilities

    Agilyx Corporation has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to purchase a densifier, allowing for more recycling of foam polystyrene.

  • Britain rewards for recycling bottles

    The British government invited comments on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.

  • Renewlogy joins alliance

    ACC’s Plastics-to-Fuel and Petrochemistry Alliance (PFPA) announced that Renewlogy, formerly PK Clean, will become its newest member. Renewlogy, based in Salt Lake City, joins technology providers Agilyx, RES Polyflow and Vadxx Energy in PFPA membership.

  • Lawsuit filed over foam ban in NYC

    The Restaurant Action Alliance of New York City and a coalition of restaurant owners joined foam manufacturers, recyclers and foodservice industry leaders to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the de Blasio Administration that seeks to block the city’s second attempt to ban polystyrene foam.

  • On 30th anniversary of California Bottle Bill, recycling rates decline

    As California’s Bottle Bill celebrated its 30th anniversary, recycling rates are tumbling as some recycling centers close due to inaction in the state legislature to fix the program. According to former Assemblymember Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the author of the legislation, Assembly Bill 2020, “The legislation set a goal of 80 percent beverage container recycling, which we exceeded in 2008, reaching as high as 85 percent in (2013).

  • New technology enables plastic to be recycled to nearly new quality

    PureCycle Technologies, in partnership with consumer goods company P&G, hosted a ribbon-cutting for a plant that will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality with a recycling method that is one of a kind. The new plant will enable consumers to purchase more products made from recycled plastic.

  • GreenMantra receives $2.2 million in funding for polystyrene cleantech innovation

    GreenMantra Technologies, a clean technology company that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be used toward construction of a demonstration plant that will convert waste polystyrene into modified styrenic polymers for use in inks, foam insulation and other applications.

  • Plastic makers support G20 efforts to reduce marine litter

    The World Plastics Council (WPC) welcomes the Marine Litter Action Plan released by the G20 and commends states for their commitment to reduce marine litter and its impacts by 2025. “This urgent issue requires all of us working together and we look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge”, said WPC Chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC.

  • Nestlé Waters North America launches recycling labeling

    Nestlé Waters North America, a beverage manufacturer, has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyle instruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé® Pure Life® as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring®, Deer Park®, Ice Mountain®, Zephyrhills®, Ozarka® and Arrowhead®.

  • PLASTICS names new director

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched a sustainability advisory board, which will include members who represent the association’s key councils and committees.

  • Styrofoam container ban proposed

    Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz (CD5) and Bob Blumenfield (CD3) introduced a motion calling on the City of Los Angeles to take the lead after SB-705 (Allen) proposed state ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam) stalled. Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin seconded the motion that asks for the Department of Sanitation to provide a feasibility study of banning polystyrene foam from the city.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SC Johnson finds way to recycle Ziploc brand bags

    In its quest to make Ziploc® brand bags recyclable from curbside bins, and avoid millions of pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills, SC Johnson has reached a milestone in that effort – successfully converting flexible film that includes grocery store and Ziploc brand bags collected from curbside bins into full-size garbage bags.

  • Dow launches grant program to increase plastics recycling

    The Dow Chemical Company has teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to award two $50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their communities.

  • California plastic manufacturers required to protect river

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with two Southern California plastic product manufacturers to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations. Both companies have corrected the deficiencies and have returned to compliance.