Film recycling groups organize
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Film recycling is emerging as a major area of interest for the plastics recycling industry, with several groups mobilizing around the topic.
At last week's meeting of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, members were briefed on an effort to push film recovery higher. More than 20 APR have developed draft design-for-recyclability guidelines for film, as APR has already done for bottles and thermoform packaging, and has developed 10 separate draft bale specifications, including those for agricultural film and warehouse wrap. The group is also assessing opportunities in labeling film by resin.
In other news, the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group added several new member companies and unveiled new online tools to help advance film recycling. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, KW Plastics Recycling, Mil-tek and Verdeco Plastics, Inc. have all joined the organization. Additionally, the organization's website (plasticfilmrecycling.org) has been updated with expanded directory listings to pair film recycling firms with collectors and to help them locate freely available signage, outreach materials and other resources.
The renewed interest in plastic bag and film recycling comes as the material is increasingly under fire from anti-litter advocates and many operators of material recovery facilities. A growing list of local governments have banned or taxed plastic bags, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles County, and Austin, Texas. With other large metro areas such as New York City and Dallas also recently announcing they will consider banning plastic bags, many in the industry are looking to recycling as a viable alternative.