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Groups eye shipping industry for Basel enforcement

by Colin Staub

Activists have contacted the world’s largest shipping lines, asking them to stop carrying loads that violate new Basel Convention regulations covering the global scrap plastic trade.

Cargo ship at port.

Companies announce film recycling innovations

by Colin Staub

Two film suppliers recently expanded their offerings with recycled-content films. Meanwhile, an Australian project began producing a concrete-alternative from post-consumer flexible packaging.

Plastic film collected for recycling.

In My Opinion: Post-industrial plastics cannot be ignored

by Laura Thompson, GreenBlue

The director of a program to certify recycled material explains how focusing on post-industrial plastics recycling reduces environmental impact and helps out the post-consumer side.

Injection molding scrap in a container.
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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

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.

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.

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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FROM THE TECHNOLOGY EDITION

Technical takeaways from two industry experts

by Jared Paben

A pair of longtime plastics recycling professionals discussed melt filtration advancements, deodorizing processes, bale supply issues and more during a recent webinar.

Close up of plastic pellets on a black background.

Here are possible recycling solutions for foam, large rigids and more

by Jared Paben

The Spanish plastics research institute AIMPLAS has written about a project through which plastics from bulky items were recycled into products using a variety of technologies.

Plastic baled for recycling.

Groups recognize recyclability of packaging innovations

by Jared Paben

The Association of Plastic Recyclers recently issued recyclability letters to Amcor and Avery Dennsion, and EU-focused RecyClass has highlighted work from tube manufacturer Essel as well as an HDPE barrier product developed by Inhance Technologies.

Spouted pouch packaging.

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