In Other NewsCornell University researchers push ahead a technology that could lift PE and PP recycling, and a handful of companies targeting hard-to-recycle plastics grab attention.

Recycling beach plastics: B Corporation Thread International will provide fiber sourced from recovered beach plastics to Timberland, which will use the material in a new line of footwear. Greenbiz reports that Thread International is working with locals in Haiti to recover beach plastics, and it will sell the recycled-content fabric, called “Ground to Good,” for use in Timberland’s new sneakers and boots. Technology company Dell also recently announced its project to use recovered¬†ocean plastics in packaging.

Additive from academia: Researchers at Cornell University have developed an additive that can bring together recovered PE and PP to produce a particularly durable polymer. The advancement, notes the Cornell Chronicle, could “revolutionize plastics recycling.”

Innovation in action: British news outlet The Guardian recently took a look at a handful of companies using innovative technology to increase tonnages of recycled plastic around the globe. The featured firms, including Oregon-based Agilyx, target materials including contaminated polystyrene, multi-material pouches and other items that have been difficult to cost-effectively recycle.

Shingled out: A Spanish company that makes roofing tiles with recovered LDPE was given a “best product” award recently by a European plastics recycling group. Recycling International notes the products from Roofeco Espana are also significantly lighter weight than a typical shingle.

Full of energy: An initiative to keep hard-to-recycle plastics out of the landfill may be expanding. In recent months, residents of Omaha, Neb. have been able to place pouches, wrappers and other products into a separate bag in their curbside recycling receptacles so that they can be easily separated and sent to a cement kiln for use as fuel. Initial success of the industry-backed Hefty Energy Bag program may lead to it rolling out in other communities soon, according to a story in Plastics News.