Eastman Chemical facility in Kingsport, Tenn.

News that the Eastman Chemical Co. will invest $250 million over two years to build a methanolysis plant drew attention last month. | William Griffith/Shutterstock

A major chemical recycling facility, packaging EPR legislation, new recycled-content products and recycled resin markets drew reader attention last month.

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

1 | Eastman offers details on $250M depolymerization plant
Eastman’s plastics sorting capabilities and complementary chemical recycling technologies will help it cost-effectively secure the ample feedstock supply needed for a huge methanolysis plant, the company’s CEO said.

2 | State lawmakers nationwide begin coordinated push for EPR
Legislators in nine states spanning the U.S. will collaborate to push extended producer responsibility policies for plastic packaging. They said their joint actions will carry more weight than a single legislative effort.

3 | Prices for post-consumer plastic bales continue to rise
The past month has been marked by value boosts for recovered PET, HDPE and PP materials.

4 | Supply issues and virgin competition jostle resin prices
Recycled plastic sellers are facing cost pressures from cheap virgin material, and an expert says reclamation costs will not come down to close that pricing gap.

5 | Companies announce film recycling innovations
Two film suppliers recently expanded their offerings with recycled-content films. Meanwhile, an Australian project began producing a concrete-alternative from post-consumer flexible packaging.

 

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