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Leaders gather as the sector transforms

by Dan Leif

More than 2,000 plastics recycling professionals are in Nashville, Tenn. this week to better understand the impacts of brand owner goals, policy proposals, recycling technology developments and more.

The 2020 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show is taking place in Nashville, Tenn. this week. | Plastics Recycling Conference / Brian Adams Photography

Domestic plastics recycling capacity is expanding

by Colin Staub

Export market upheavals have spurred investments from many domestic processors. Plastics Recycling Update has created a map laying out all the activity.

Equipment inside rPlanet Earth facility.

Attractive innovation: Magnets help on bottle recycling obstacle

by Jared Paben

A startup that supplies an ink allowing shrink sleeve labels to be separated from PET flakes with a magnet has successfully completed early testing of the innovation.

Label printing press in action.


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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The most popular plastics recycling technology stories of 2019

by Editorial Staff

Readers of our Plastics Recycling Update: Technology Edition newsletter were drawn to stories about equipment and additive innovations, brand owner investments, PCR use in packaging and, in particular, food-contact approvals in the U.S. and Europe.

Photo Caption | Courtesy of Mondi.

Companies embrace invisible barcode to aid in sorting

by Jared Paben

A major packaging producer will begin using a discrete barcode technology that can provide optical sorters with critical recycling information.

This photo shows the optical sorter module developed to test the sorting of packaging with the Digimarc digital marker. The barcode scanning system work in conjunction with NIR identification.

EU authority gives nod to PET recycling technologies

by Jared Paben

A panel determined that recycling technologies from Bandera, Erema, Poly Recycling and Starlinger produce RPET that’s safe for use in food and drink packaging.

How a new domestic end market for HDPE emerged

by Jared Paben

A group’s green light to use recycled HDPE in road drainage pipes opens a potentially massive market for recovered plastic. Officials recently explained the work that drove the decision.

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