In Iowa, backers of an expanded bottle bill are trying a new approach to promote adding materials to the Hawkeye State's beverage container redemption program that involves cupcakes. Supporters of legislation that would put a 5-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverage containers, such as water bottles and energy drinks, put plastic bottles in the mailboxes of lawmakers with note saying that it could be redeemed for one cupcake from bottle bill supporters on the first floor rotunda, reports WHOTV.com .
Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas, Austin has a released a video highlighting its recent research, with support from the American Chemistry Council, on converting residue from materials recovery facilities into solid fuel recovery pellets. The pellets are made from 60 percent plastic MRF residue and 40 percent post-industrial paper waste.
Vadxx Energy has announced plans for a new rubber-and-plastics-to-oil facility in Cleveland. Expected to come online in the second quarter of 2014, the facility will convert 20,000 tons of waste into 100,000 barrels of crude oil annually. It is expected to cost between $12 million and $20 million to build and employ approximately 17 local workers once fully operational.
Trex Company announced it has diverted over 2.5 billion pounds of plastic and wood scrap from landfills over the past 6 years. The company's line of composite wood products and decking materials utilize over 95 percent recycled content.