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China to enact tariffs on scrap and virgin plastics


The Chinese government plans to levy a 25 percent tariff on scrap plastic, as well as a number of virgin plastics and all recovered paper, in retaliation for the latest U.S. tariff proposals.

plastic bales for recycling

Amazon settles ‘biodegradable’ claims case

by Jared Paben

The world’s largest e-commerce company will pay $1.5 million to settle allegations it broke California law on the marketing of plastics as “biodegradable” or “compostable.”

Amazon company logo

Healthier pricing seen for PET bales

by Staff

Recovered PET prices have continued their steady rise, while natural and color HDPE values have remained flat over the past month.

Plastics Recycling Markets


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.

Dissecting meal kits to determine recyclability

by Sandi Childs

Blue Apron and other meal kit delivery services are growing in popularity, but they rely on plastic packaging that is often difficult to recycle. An industry trade group recently dug into kits from a few companies to assess the issue and serve up some recyclability recommendations.

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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Company announces improved PET chemical recycling method

by Jared Paben

Quebec startup Loop Industries has unveiled a more efficient technology for depolymerizing scrap PET.

PET bottle recycling

Equipment spotlight: Boost for at-home filament extrusion

by Jared Paben

Researchers have developed an improved version of a desktop extruder that produces filament for 3D printers, and they’ve made assembly instructions available online for free.

New style of recyclable pouch announced

by Jared Paben

A packaging converter has released a stand-up pouch that can be recycled via retail PE film collection.

QuadFlex recyclable pouch

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