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Prices collapse for post-consumer plastics

by RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

August has brought precipitous drops in pricing for PET, color HDPE and polypropylene bales.

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Recycling chain holds tight amid high fuel prices

by Marissa Heffernan and Jared Paben

High fuel prices are driving expenses for recycling programs and plastics recycling companies alike. A number of stakeholders recently shared insights into how they’re adapting their businesses to keep the costs under control.

APR brings new data into wider recycling conversation

by Marissa Heffernan

The Association of Plastic Recyclers released a report noting 21% of HDPE, PET and PP packaging is recycled in the U.S.

Baled plastics for recycling.

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Reclaimer in Focus: Southeast processor built with expansion in mind

by Dan Leif

Leaders at Macon, Ga. company A1 Polymer Recycling see China’s import restrictions as an opportunity for the U.S. to create jobs domestically by recycling scrap plastics.

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Data Sort: What accounts for the higher cost of PCR

by More Recycling

Consulting and research firm More Recycling looked at why post-consumer resin tends to be more expensive than virgin plastic.

Pile of plastic pellets.

Q&A: Hitting the inflection point

by Dan Leif

A sustainability leader at Dow discusses the recent shift in public dialogue around packaging and polymers – and how it has caused the wider plastics industry to prioritize materials recovery in new ways.

Exterior of Dow building in Michigan.

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Scientists develop catalytic hydrocracking for mixed plastics

by Jared Paben

A Johns Hopkins University team has developed a catalytic hydrocracking process that converts mixed plastics into the chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.

Test tubes in a lab.

Plastics companies, Houston sign chemical recycling MOU

by Jared Paben

LyondellBasell and ExxonMobil were among the companies that signed an agreement to advance chemical recycling for household plastic scrap in Houston.

European panel OKs PET recycling technologies

by Jared Paben

A food-safety panel approved 17 applications to use Starlinger, SML and Protec technologies to recycle post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging. It rejected two other requests.

PET bottles gathered for recycling.

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