Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from March 2020

Inside the Direct Pack facility

News that packaging manufacturer Direct Pack has acquired a Mexico-headquartered recycling operation drew attention last month. | Courtesy of Direct Pack.

Industry impacts from the coronavirus outbreak, funding opportunities and thermoform processing drew readers’ attention last month.

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

1 | Plastics recycling sector reacts to coronavirus pandemic
The global escalation of COVID-19 is leading reclaimers to enact new safety regulations, while on a wider scale it impacts some collection programs, reduces Asian scrap plastics demand, constrains global shipping, dents stock prices and threatens an economic recession.

2 | Feds announce funding for plastics recycling R&D
The U.S. Department of Energy will provide up to $25 million for the development of efficiently recycled polymers and improved recycling processes.

3 | FDA issues letters for HDPE and PET recycling
Erema Group got the go-ahead to use its technology to recycle HDPE into food and drink packaging and foodservice wares. Meanwhile, other companies got federal green lights for PET recycling.

4 | Plastics collection cuts prompt supply concerns
Recycling programs nationwide have curtailed service due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially hampering the supply of scrap plastics moving to reclaimers in the weeks to come.

5 | Packaging maker to recycle thermoforms into new products
U.S. plastic thermoform manufacturer Direct Pack Inc. has acquired a PET reclaimer and is now processing recovered thermoforms at a Mexico site.


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