A story about food-contact RPET applications in the EU caught readers’ interest last month. | Jared Paben/Plastics Recycling Update

A mix of stories about food-grade PCR approvals, reclaimer upgrades and bale pricing drew the clicks last month. The list below shows our top stories published in June in terms of unique page views.

1 | EU approves two dozen food-contact RPET applications
A European food safety panel has given the green light to a couple dozen companies seeking to use Bandera, Erema, Polymetrix and Starlinger recycling technologies to produce food-grade RPET.

2 | What materials will make the cut under EPR?
States with extended producer responsibility programs are starting to grapple with a tricky question: How do we establish a list of materials covered by the system?

3 | Envision adding second line for recycled HDPE, PP
Envision Plastics is leaning into demand for PCR and putting millions of dollars into adding another recycled food-grade HDPE and PP processing line at an existing facility.

4 | Oregon PET reclaimer plans to nearly double capacity
A Pacific Northwest PET reclaimer is working to expand its capacity, with an eye toward continued population growth in Oregon and a potential bottle bill on the horizon in Washington state.

5 | Curbside plastic prices fall this month
June has brought a widespread drop in prices for baled post-consumer plastic, with PET, HDPE and PP all down significantly.

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