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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).