Plastics Recycling Update

Our top stories from October 2022

Baled plastics for recycling.

A controversial Greenpeace report on plastics recyclability drew our readers’ attention last month. | zlikovec/Shutterstock

KW Plastics’ residue-management plans, ExxonMobil’s chemical recycling vision and more drew our readers’ clicks last month.

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

1 | KW Plastics strikes deal to send residue to pyrolysis

One of the largest polyolefins reclaimers in North America struck a deal to send its residuals into a chemical recycling process, creating feedstock for new plastic or fuels.

2 | ExxonMobil explains its plans to scale up chemical recycling

A sustainability executive at ExxonMobil recently laid out details on the energy giant’s multifaceted strategy around chemical recycling, and it’s clear hopes are high.

3 | Industry responds to Greenpeace attack

A new report from Greenpeace USA asserts no plastics in the U.S. meet the definition of recyclable. The head of one plastics group countered the analysis “could actually cause greater environmental harm.”

4 | ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell to bankroll plastic sorting center

Global plastics producers will invest about $100 million in a plastic scrap sorting facility to generate feedstock for both mechanical and chemical recycling processes.

5 | PET and HDPE scrap prices rise

Reclaimers are paying more for bales of post-consumer PET and HDPE last month, but the price of PP scrap has plummeted since September.

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