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Exports tumble and ‘ungodly demand’ boosts HDPE prices

by Colin Staub

Overseas appetite for post-consumer scrap plastic dwindled in the third quarter. But on the domestic side, the value of recovered natural HDPE has skyrocketed and RPET demand remains strong.

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Circular Polymers to supply PET carpet fiber to Eastman

by Jared Paben

Densified PET fiber from post-consumer carpet will ride railcars from California to Tennessee, where chemical giant Eastman will feed it into a gasification process.

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Sweeping plastics initiative submitted in California

by Jared Paben

The CEO of West Coast hauler Recology teamed up with environmentalists to this week submit a proposed California ballot initiative taking aim at single-use plastics.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Field trials

by Dave Lowles

The use of plastic mulch films is increasing in agriculture, but the material has traditionally been extremely difficult to recycle. A team in the Southeast is now working to develop best practices for recycling both on farms and in reprocessing sites.

The freight depression

by Ken McEntee

A shortage of drivers and other factors are pushing up costs and concerns for both buyers and sellers of recycled material. Here’s a detailed look at today’s transport trials and tribulations.

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Data sort: Lost opportunities in landfilled 3-7s

by More Recycling

At materials recovery facilities, PET and HDPE aren’t the whole story. An analysis of other mixed plastics helps show the potential for boosting recovery of additional valuable polymers.

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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Report recaps plastic bumper cover recycling project

by Jared Paben

TPO bumper covers can be processed into a high-quality recycled pellet that’s cheaper than virgin plastic, but challenges remain in feedstock collection and preparation.

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Equipment spotlight: Shredder targets hard-to-process plastics

by Colin Staub

Herbold Meckesheim USA has released size-reduction equipment tailored for plastics recycling.

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Here’s who recently received FDA recycling letters

by Jared Paben

A company was given the go-ahead to recycle post-consumer PET into multi-layer reheatable food trays. Meanwhile, a global packaging company was OK’d to recycle LDPE films into reusable bags.

APR gives recyclability thumbs up to PP additive

by Jared Paben

A market-dominating polypropylene clarifier has undergone testing to prove that it neither complicates the plastics recycling process nor harms the finished product.

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