Plastic Recycling articles

New flexible packaging consortium to bring circular economy solutions

New flexible packaging consortium to bring circular economy solutions

The project mission is to make flexible packaging even more relevant to the circular economy by advancing better system design solutions which result from the collaboration of the companies represented in the consortium. It continues the work of the recently concluded project FIACE, which helped to quantify the added value and identify opportunities to increaseRead More

Recycling contaminates plastic children’s toys with toxic chemicals from electronic waste, says IPEN and Arnika

A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy. Ironically, the chemical contaminants can damage the nervous system and reduce intellectual capacity but are found in Rubik’s Cubes – a puzzle toy designed to exercise the mind. The studyRead More

‘Recycling plastics contaminate children’s toys with toxic chemicals’

Recycling materials that contain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other toxic substances contaminates new products, continues human and environmental exposure, and undermines the credibility of recycling. Ahead of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-8) in Geneva, Switzerland, a new global survey has revealed that recycling plasticsRead More

US plastics recycling market is ‘holding its own’

United States: The United States managed a recycling rate of 30.1% for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles last year, according to a joint statement by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). The total volume of PET bottles collected was 1,797 million pounds in 2015, while theRead More

Plastic roads under development

Extruded and injection-molded from post-consumer recycled polyolefins. Dutch company KWS Infra has signed a cooperation agreement with processor Wavin and resin supplier Total to develop roads manufactured from plastics as a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt roads. The intent is to utilize post-consumer recycled polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) mainly sourced from packaging and industrial applications.Read More

Asia’s largest waste-bottle treatment plant seeks rebirth

(ECNS) — A plastic bottle treatment plant in Beijing, which boasts the largest capacity of its kind in Asia, has shut down for three years due to an inadequate “supply of garbage.” The plant, at the Beijing Incom Resources Recovery Recycling Co., used to recycle polyester from plastic bottles, which was then processed into newRead More

Demonstrating the feasibility of car plastics recycling

 United States: The US Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) has announced a new project, the Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles Recycling Demonstration Project, in order to develop a method of collection and recovery of Polypropylene (PP) and Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) auto parts ‘in a way that demonstrates technical and economic feasibility’. Approximately 12-15 million vehicles are scrappedRead More