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China will expand ban to post-industrial plastic

by Colin Staub

China plans to prohibit imports of post-industrial scrap plastic by the end of the year, according to documents published by the country’s environmental department.

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H&M details array of plastics diversion activities

by Colin Staub

Swedish apparel giant H&M last year saw a notable drop in its consumption of recovered PET for polyester applications. But the company did report progress on marine debris, depolymerization and other initiatives.

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How Chilean fishing nets became U.S. office chairs

by Jared Paben

A consortium focused on recovering marine plastics for recycling has rolled out its first product: an office chair made with recycled nylon.

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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

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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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Hospital trial looks to cure woes in flexible plastics recycling

by Jared Paben

Researchers will use compatibilizers to determine what kind of properties they can achieve when recycling multi-material flexible plastics from hospitals. Their work will help determine recycling options for a substantial portion of the health care plastics waste stream.

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Equipment spotlight: Targeting flake impurities with rotational wash

by Jared Paben

Flake-washing equipment from Italian equipment company Amut removes contaminants from flake via centrifugal force.

Plastics-to-fuel company signs major deal with end user

by Editorial Staff

A pyrolysis company converting post-consumer plastics into fuels and waxes will get a big boost from British oil and gas giant BP.

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