Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from October 2020

Sabic logo on website, seen through magnifying glass.

News about Sabic’s pyrolysis advancements drew attention last month. | Casimiro PT/Shutterstock

Export regulation changes, chemical recycling advances, brand owner action and packaging recyclability nods all drew the clicks last month.

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

1 | US officials lay out Basel impact for plastic exporters
Experts with the U.S. EPA say there are a number of potential outcomes from upcoming shifts in global rules governing scrap plastic shipments. Under one possibility, trade in scrap plastic will no longer be allowed between the U.S. and most other countries.

2 | Plastics producers tout pyrolysis achievements
Three virgin plastics companies recently announced developments in the area of chemical recycling. The following are summaries of the news from Chevron Phillips Chemical, SABIC and BASF.

3 | In My Opinion: Industry’s tech development must continue
A chemical engineering professor at City College of New York says reviews of data – as well as his firsthand experience – convince him that plastics conversion technologies produce a net environmental benefit over landfilling.

4 | Much of PepsiCo’s sustainability bond goes to RPET
PepsiCo spent about $200 million of its “Green Bond” to purchase recycled PET plastic over the past few years, according to the company.

5 | APR issues recyclability letters for label and tubes
Testing has shown that a label for PET bottles and several tube packages are compatible with current plastics recycling processes.

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