China no longer wants to receive garbage from other countries. As a result, enhanced import inspections by Chinese customs officials have led to severe recycling market confusion worldwide, especially for shippers of recovered plastics.
Adding a thermal densifying unit helped improve the economics of expanded polystyrene recycling in Cochrane, Alberta. It increased the density and ability to ship, improving marketability.
Virgin and recycled PP prices will likely remain above historical averages until additional prime PP capacity comes on-line in the next couple of years, a markets forecasting expert said.
The recycling of non-container plastics is receiving more and more attention in Europe. A key reason for this interest is the rising tonnages of pots, tubs and trays being collected.
At least three critical issues confront the European PET recycling market, and one of them is having a profound impact on HDPE recovery.