KW Plastics has received a Letter of Non-Objection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, allowing the company to pursue a recycling process for polypropylene that can produce material for use in pallets and containers to hold unpackaged foods.
Chinese firm JN Fibers, Inc. will open a PET recycling facility in Richburg, South Carolina to recycle bottles into fiber. The facility represents a $45 million investment that will create 318 direct and indirect jobs in the state.
Target is again offering free plastic bags to Australian shoppers. The big-box retail chain banned single use bags in Australia in 2009 and began selling reusable totes for 10-20 cents each the same year. In response to lagging sales and numerous customer complaints, however, Target will now return the plastic bags to checkout counters.
Meanwhile in the U.S., Denver's proposal to charge a 5-cent fee for single-use paper and plastic shopping bags has been shelved. Although the plan was supported by the Denver City Council, a veto threat by Mayor Michael Hancock has ended the proposal for now.