Scientists develop easily recyclable biomass-based polymers
Developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University, Russia, the
synthesized polymers canl be used for primary and secondary recycling.
Plastics industry profile: Jodie Morgan
The CEO of Ontario-based clean technology leader GreenMantra Technologies discusses her career and some lessons learned.
Canada Plastics Pact gets 13 new partners, names advisory council members
The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), a multi-stakeholder, industry-led,…
Nova Chemicals debuts first three 100 per cent PE-PCR resins
The low and linear low density polyethylene grades are targeted to flexible film applications.
Plastic Energy and ExxonMobil plan advanced plastics recycling project in France
With startup anticipated in 2023, the facility represents one of the largest advanced recycling projects for plastic waste in Europe.
UK grocery chain Asda moves from single-use to reusable plastic bags
The British retailer expects to remove 101 million single-use bags in favour of reusable bags made from recycled PET bottles.
Clariant and India Glycols partner to tap into green renewables megatrend
The two chemical makers have established a joint venture in renewable ethylene oxide derivatives.
NextChem and Agilyx sign global chemical recycling deal
The deal uses Agilyx’s advanced pyrolysis technology to convert mixed waste plastic into circular olefins and fuels.
good natured Products unveils new plant-based recyclable PET packaging
Food-safe Bio-PET is a thermoformed packaging material designed to successfully co-mingle in the recycling stream with petroleum-based packaging.
Unilever NA invests $15 million in plastic recycling initiative
The investment is part of the consumer goods maker’s plan to collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells by 2025.
GreenMantra Technologies announces exclusive distribution deal with Harke Group
Harke Group will distribute GreenMantra’s synthetic waxes and specialty polymers in Europe and the UK.
Back to Earth 2.0
A new generation of made-in-Canada compostable straws is about as sustainable as you can get.
Recycler PreZero enters processing market with Roplast Industries acquisition
California-based Roplast makes polyethylene film and bags, and has the capacity to processes 30 million pounds per year.
British Columbia scientists use new bioplastic to make fully compostable coffee pod
Called the Nexe pod, the pods compost completely in as little as 35 days in industrial compost.
ExxonMobil partners with Agilyx in plastic recycling joint venture
The JV joint combines Agilyx’s expertise in plastic waste conversion with ExxonMobil’s technology expertise and large-scale petro-chemical manufacturing network.
Nova Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin
The film structures can be tailored to meet customer-specific application demands.
The plastic road ahead
With more and more recycled plastic being used to repave highways and roads around the world, we might be driving toward a future with a lot less plastic pollution.
Researchers develop recyclable composites
A Washington State University research team has created a recyclable carbon fibre-reinforced composite that could eventually be used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.
Canada’s Polystyvert partners with Ineos in polystyrene recycling venture
The joint development agreement will enable the two companies to work together in closing the loop of recycling PS in a low-energy, cost-competitive production method.
Eastman to build massive molecular recycling plant in Tennessee
The plant, to be built in Kingsport and be mechanically complete by the end of 2022, will use methanolysis to convert polyester waste that often ends up in landfills and waterways into durable products.
Canada plastic pact launched to improve recycling, composting rate
Made up from more than 40 companies, the pact aims to recycle or compost 50 per cent of Canada’s plastic packaging by 2025.
Wine bottle closures made from recycled ocean plastic
The new closures are the result of a partnership between Guala Closures and Oceanworks.
LyondellBasell and Suez jointly acquire plastics recycling company in Belgium
The acquired company, Tivaco, will become part of Quality Circular Polymers, the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture.
Plastics Industry Association, LyondellBasell collaborate on first paving project using recycled plastic
The project used the equivalent of 71,000 plastic retail bags to pave 2,885 square yards of the LyondellBasell Cincinnati Technology Center parking lot in Ohio.
Canada, U.S. sign deal to preserve status quo on plastic scrap exports
The agreement was reached in October, ahead of new Basel Convention trade restrictions that will make it more difficult to ship scrap plastic from the U.S. to most countries beginning next year.
Nova announces two new collaborations to boost PCR use in plastics packaging
Calgary-based Nova is partnering with recycler Revolution to provide a portfolio of PCR-based resins, and is also sponsoring the Pet Sustainability Coalition’s FlexForward pilot recycling program.
New solvent-based recycling process could boost multilayer plastic recycling rates
University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have pioneered a method for reclaiming the polymers in multilayer plastic materials using solvents, a technique called Solvent-Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) processing.
DSM and Neste partner to create high-performance materials from sustainable feedstock
The collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil feedstock in the production of polymers with bio-based and waste plastic-based hydrocarbons.
Montreal’s Pyrowave partners with Michelin to recycle plastic waste
The collaboration involves Pyrowave producing recycled styrene for use in the making of synthetic rubber for tires.
New study shows benefits of chemical recycling to global plastic packaging recycling rates
More investment in the chemical recycling process could see the global plastic packaging recycling rate hit 50 per cent by 2040, market analyst Wood Mackenzie says.
Braskem completes $10 million Innovation and Technology Center expansion in Pittsburgh
The investment adds eight new state-of-the-art laboratories with equipment for developing new proprietary technologies to support innovations in catalysis, recycling, and 3D printing.
AmSty and Agilyx complete certified circular recycling pathway for polystyrene
The two companies’ joint venture facility in Tigard, Oregon has received ISCC PLUS certification for the complete pathway from waste aggregation to new polystyrene production.