Teijin Ltd. has announced it has developed a new polyester-fiber recycling technology that it will utilize in a plant in China. The plant will begin operations at the end of 2013 and will eventually process an estimated 20,000 tons of polyester fiber annually.
Minneapolis-based HDI Plastics has signed an agreement with the Eastland Economic Development Corp. to begin construction on a 75,000-square-foot plastics recycling facility in Eastland, Texas next year that will employ 75 people in the first phase and eventually 200 people, reports the Reporter-News. An estimated $4 million will be initially invested.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has published a case study on how extended producer responsibility can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It estimates how the distance between the point of collection and point of reprocessing will diminish greenhouse gas emission savings.
Iowa City, Iowa's City Council and city staff aren't interested in a plastic bag ban, despite periodic calls for such a measure, and instead want to stay on their current course of encouraging residents to recycle the totes at various locations, reports the Press-Citizen. "We've done a pretty good job on education and outreach," Jennifer Jordan, Iowa City’s recycling coordinator told the paper.
The U.K.'s Eco Plastics, which operates a PET recycling plant jointly with Coca-Cola, is expanding its recycling capacity after completing a new 6 million GBP ($9.72 million) funding round, reports BusinessGreen. A senior official at the company says that Eco Plastics is "now ready to tackle another period of rapid growth."