Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from November 2019

News about an upcoming facility to process post-consumer film captured clicks in November. | Image courtesy of PreZero US

A mix of stories covering new recycling facilities, end market demand, legislation and the national recycling rate attracted our readers’ interest last month.

The list below shows our top stories published in November in terms of unique page views.

1 | Mixed rigids and film recycling sites to open next year
A joint venture is set to launch two U.S. processing plants for hard-to-recycle plastics in 2020, bringing new outlets for lower-grade materials. Investments in the projects will total at least $90 million.

2 | Thermoform recycling operation coming to California
A Mexican company that developed a system to process post-consumer PET thermoforms will open a $7 million plant in the Los Angeles area. It’s now on the hunt for thermoform bales.

3 | Exports tumble and ‘ungodly demand’ boosts HDPE prices
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.

4 | Sweeping plastics initiative submitted in California
The CEO of West Coast hauler Recology recently teamed up with environmentalists to submit a proposed California ballot initiative taking aim at single-use plastics.

5 | EPA: US recycled less plastic in 2017
The U.S. plastics recycling rate fell to its lowest level in half a decade, recently released figures show.


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