Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from January 2021

Ganges River with plastic waste on shore.

News that the Renew Oceans project in India had been halted drew attention last month. | photo stock india/Shutterstock

Coverage of the Basel Amendment’s market impacts, as well as stories about individual processors, drew our readers’ clicks last month.

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

1 | Basel plastic regulations cause ‘fight for feedstock’
Industry experts say overseas buyers are struggling to source scrap plastic after new restrictions on the global trade of recovered plastic began taking effect.

2 | Reuters: Renew Oceans project shuts down
A touted initiative from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste ceased operations in India nearly a year ago, and it’s not expected to be revived.

3 | QRS Re-Poly sold to settle debt from failed expansion
A well-known St. Louis plastics recycling operation has been auctioned off, and the processing company is now called Granite Peak Plastics.

4 | How a pyrolysis firm handles EnergyBag plastics
For the past two years, difficult-to-recycle plastics have been collected in Cobb County, Ga. through the Hefty EnergyBag program. A downstream processor recently described what happens to that material.

5 | How the use of robotics is evolving at sorting facilities
A recycling facility operator and a robotics company say artificial intelligence is providing materials recovery firms with much-needed data to analyze changes in the recycling stream. That’s in addition to sortation improvements.


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