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Where exports displaced from China are finding a home

by Colin Staub

Scrap plastic exported out of the U.S. is moving to Southeast Asia, where reclaimers are dramatically increasing purchases as China closes its doors to recovered materials. New figures illustrate that shift.

shipping exports

Public and private pledges for plastics diversion in Europe

by Jared Paben

With a new strategy to tackle plastics, the European Commission says it has the recycling industry’s back.

European Commission building exterior

McDonald’s delivers recycling-related pledges

by Jared Paben

The world’s largest restaurant operator will increase access to recycling at its food establishments and make packaging changes to lessen environmental impacts.

McDonald's packaging

Plastics Recycling 2018: Full speaker list available

Next month’s Plastics Recycling Conference will draw influential leaders from throughout the industry, many of whom will share their insights from the stage.

The conference website now includes the A-Z (actually, the Alexander to Wong) of experts who will present at the 13th-annual event.

Plastics Recycling 2018 is set for Feb. 19-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2017 show drew nearly 1,700 attendees from 40 countries, and the sold-out exhibit hall featured 200 industry businesses and groups. Head to to register and get all the latest info. And be sure to act fast to secure your hotel room while the discounted conference rate is still available.



What comes after the slump

by Jared Paben

After experiencing years of low material prices, the recycling industry has finally seen a sustained uptick. The leader of ISRI and a commodities expert at the group discuss what it means and offer some thoughts on where operators should focus their attention now.

The big upsides from breaking down bales

by Dan Leif and Colin Staub

Data-management technology, export uncertainties and competition in the market have pushed plastic-bale auditing to new heights in North America. The efforts could have far reaching effects on quality.

Size reduction done right

by Rafael Reveles

An expert in shredding and granulating explains how to choose the right machine and then customize it to maximum effect.

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