Wide world of plastics recycling

Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 19, 2013

Guam opens the door to a container-deposit program, the oxo-biodegradable debate rages on in Europe and the CEO of a British recycling firm predicts good news for the recycling industry.

A law that allows implementation of a bottle bill has passed in Guam, the unincorporated U.S. territory which uses U.S. currency and is located in the western Pacific. The legislation puts a 5-cent deposit on covered containers, and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency will now work to set up the program.

The London-based Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) recently published a study that claimed oxo-biodegradable products can indeed be mixed in with traditional plastics recycling streams. The group's report was a response to a November study from European Plastics Converters, which OPA called "confused." The fight over the recyclability of degradable plastics has become increasingly tense in recent months as legislators in the U.K. try to decide the specifics around a plastic bag tax set to go into effect in 2015.

In an interview with Packaging Europe, the CEO of U.K. plastics recycler Closed Loop said governmental efforts to boost the quality of materials coming out of MRFs and achieve packaging recycling targets will both lead to growth in U.K. domestic plastics recycling. Closed Loop recently announced a significant expansion aimed at processing more HDPE.

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