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Belgium-based trade group Plastics Recyclers Europe is calling for a separate recycling stream for PET trays so that the material will be recycled more efficiently. The group points out that PET trays have a composition that differs from that of PET bottles, and that recycling companies run up against roadblocks to quality when the two arrived mixed.

Scientists have discovered millions of tiny bits of old plastic that are polluting the Great Lakes. The researchers say the perfectly round pieces of debris, some visible only with a microscope, may be coming from personal care products like body wash and toothpaste. Among other worries is the effect the litter is having on fish in the lakes.

BMW has created a version of its i3 electric car that uses recycled plastic in the construction of the passenger compartment. The automaker says 25 percent of the plastic used on the interior comes from recycled material or renewable resources.

Thanks to a partnership between Yolo County and Encore Farming Solutions, farmers in Yolo County, California can now turn in plastic agricultural scrap for recycling at no cost.  A county landfill will accept a variety of agricultural items such as plastic film used for mulch and greenhouses.  Encore will then use the material to make reusable plastic bags.

Commercial Plastics Recycling has opened a plastics recycling facility in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The 30,000-square-foot plant processes post-industrial and post-commercial scrap, including PET, HDPE, ABS, HIPS, LDPE, PP, PVC, SAN and PC.

Three cities — San Jose, California, Asheville, North Carolina and Gaithersburg, Maryland — are working together to develop an educational "toolkit" on managing compostable plastics. The project is funded by a grant from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and seeks to answer a growing need for additional support in handling and approaching compostable materials.

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