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Seven new signatories were added to The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also informally known as the “Joint Declaration” in 2016.

Californians have voted to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags, the first state in the nation to do so.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced its new name, Plastics Industry Association, PLASTICS for short, and unveiled a new website. PLASTICS, the association’s new identity, builds upon nearly 80 years of a strong history of fostering collaboration among the entire plastics supply chain.

Plastic bottle recycling held nearly steady in 2015, with a slight decrease of 0.5 percent from 2014, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) have created a new, partnered membership program for plastics industry original equipment manufacturers or brand owner companies.

With over 1.8 million tons of collected and recycled PET bottles, the 2015 European PET collection and recycling volumes have increased by 5 percent compared to 2014.