According to the industry group Plastic Recyclers Europe, plastic recycling rates in the European Union could reach 62 percent by 2020. The group says growing raw material scarcity and competition will be the key drivers in raising the plastics recycling rate in the EU beyond its 2012 rate of 24 percent.
The Denver City Council may soon pass a 5-cent fee on paper and plastic grocery bags, to be levied at the point of sale. The council narrowly approved the fee earlier this week, but a final vote will not be held until Sept. 30, following a public hearing on the issue.
The city council in Portland, Maine has sent a proposed ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging back to committee amid growing opposition from the city's business community. The city has undertaken a number of anti-litter campaigns recently and is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags as well. Portland Public Schools, a large user of EPS food containers, also recently eliminated the material.
A reverse vending machine sponsored by the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Make it Possible campaign distributes free T-shirts in exchange for plastic bottles. The shirts are made using fiber from recycled plastic. The promotion was part of New York City's fashion week.