New sunglasses made from certified ocean plastic
Offered by The Ocean Cleanup organization, the sunglasses are made from plastics recovered from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Researchers develop new technique for turning plastic waste into valuable chemicals
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have created a low-temperature catalytic method that upcycles polyethylene into high-value alkylaromatic molecules that are the basis of many industrial chemicals and consumer products.
Japan to make plastic waste recycling mandatory for large corporate users
The Japanese government wants to make the recycling of plastic materials used at offices and factories mandatory from April 2022, with small companies excluded from the proposal.
Braskem partners to remove household plastic waste from landfill in Greater São Paulo
Braskem and environmental engineering firm Tecipar plan to recover about 2,000 tons of plastic waste annually from Santana do Parnaíba, a city in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil.
New strategic partnership to develop the first chemical recycling project in France
This plant, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes annually, is being built by oil and natural gas producer Total and recycling firm Plastic Energy.
Plastics Recycling Conference rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns
The North American recycling industry’s largest trade event has been moved back to May 3-5, 2021, from its original dates of Feb. 22-24, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
AmSty, Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo team up for polystyrene recycling
The three material suppliers have signed a joint development agreement to jointly explore recycling options for PS.
Trex partnering with retailers and distribution centres for PE recycling
The composite decking maker is inviting retailers, grocery stores, and distribution centres to dispose of their plastic waste through its NexTrex recycling initiative.
Vinyl Institute of Canada launches medical PVC recycling pilot project
The PVC 123 program seeks to divert products from landfills and encourage the recycling of PVC-based medical devices in hospitals.
Montreal’s Loop Industries, Suez to build first “Infinite Loop” recycling facility in Europe
The new enhanced recycling facility dedicated to PET plastic, to be built on a site yet to be selected, will be the largest in the world, the companies said.
Ineos Styrolution, Trinseo advance plans for polystyrene recycling plant in France
The plant will mark a “step change” in PS recycling in Europe, the companies said.
Austrian packaging supplier Alpla Group building HDPE recycling plant in Mexico
When completed, the plant will produce 15,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled material each year, with target markets being Mexico, neighbouring countries in Central America, and the U.S.
Plastics Recycling Show Europe postponed until 2021
Scheduled to take place on Oct. 27-28 in Amsterdam, a virtual PRSE event is being planned instead for the last quarter of 2020.
Coca-Cola to switch to 100 per cent rPET bottles in Norway and the Netherlands
The initiative is in line with Coca-Cola’s pledge to eliminate new virgin oil-based PET in all of its bottles within the next decade.
California plastic recycling bill fails for second year in a row
For the second straight year, the California state Legislature has rejected a bill that would have required a 75 per cent recycling or composting rate in that U.S. state.
Nova, Merlin Plastics partner to use curbside recycling for consumer packaging
The collaboration will turn HDPE plastic recyclate into resin for use in everyday products.
U.S. Plastics Pact launched to achieve circular economy for plastics
The collaboration is led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the goal of creating a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.
U.S. processing of recovered plastic film, bags, wraps grew 10% between 2017-2018, report says
The amount of film recycled by U.S. and Canadian processors increased for the sixth consecutive year, with 69 per cent of the total amount collected and processed in the U.S. or Canada, the report from the American Chemistry Council said.
New technology turns waste PET into nanomaterial for rechargeable batteries
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a way to recycle plastic waste such as soda or water bottles into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage.
Backyard compostable straw wins Plastics Industry Association bioplastic award
Said to be the first of its kind, the Phade straws were co-developed by Danimer Scientific and Wincup.