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Plastics Recycling Update highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. For information on submitting press releases or contributing op-eds to us, review our FAQ page.

Plastics Recycling Industry Announcements

News from Dow, Pellenc ST and more

Dow and Chinese dairy company Mengniu announced their commercialization of a shrink film made using Dow’s post-consumer resins in Mengniu’s packaging. 

The Global Recycling Standards Organization’s Board of Directors approved a new membership program for RIOS, the Recycling Industry Operating Standard.

The New York Senate passed a carpet stewardship bill; it now goes to the state Assembly for consideration.

Equipment supplier Pellenc ST launched a “Design for Recycling unit” that will focus on helping packaging producers meet their recycling goals.

Film supplier Polysack and packaging manufacturer Flessofab launched a line of mono-material pouch packaging they describe as fully recyclable.


Read more recent announcements below or in our archive:

May 2021

Post-industrial plastics recycling company Butler-MacDonald added processing capacity at its Indianapolis plant.

Feedstock management firm Cyclyx International announced that plastics distribution brand owner North American Plastics became a member of the Cyclyx consortium.

The Foundation for Plastic Recycling, part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, introduced “Buy Recycled” infographics in Spanish.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries announced that Adina Renee Adler, its vice president of advocacy, was reappointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee.

Novolex subsidiary Waddington Europe added an RPET hot fill product to its TamperVisible line of packaging.

The Recycling Partnership and four partners awarded $1,071,000 in grants to the city of Louisville, Ky. to bolster recycling collection.

Plastics manufacturer Trinseo announced it can now supply recycled polystyrene for food-contact applications.

The Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) was formed, aiming to help organizations in the region fulfill their Ellen MacArthur Foundation plastic waste goals. The latest pact joins similar groups in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.

The Basel Action Network and more than 150 environmental and social justice organizations are calling on the Biden administration to fully ratify the Basel Convention, a move that would enact new controls on scrap plastic exports out of the U.S.

Erema Group reported that the company saw a 20% increase in revenue during its 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Greenpeace USA and more than a dozen other groups published a letter urging California officials to stop accepting plastic products No. 3-7 in curbside recycling programs across the state.

U.S.-headquartered reclaimer Plastipak announced it will build a PET recycling facility in Toledo, Spain, where the company will produce food-grade post-consumer resin.

Investment firm Circulate Capital released a report covering its 2020 activities, including details on $40 million it invested in seven companies involved with plastic pollution prevention.

GreenMantra Technologies selected Donald Wiseman as the company’s new chief operating officer.

LyondellBasell launched commercial production of chemically recycled polymers at the company’s Wesseling, Germany location.

Equipment supplier MAAG Reduction announced it shipped its 1,000th pulverizer in mid-April. 

Rehrig Pacific will manufacture and distribute recycling carts made with recycled plastic in Milwaukee, through a partnership with Dow and The Recycling Partnership. Additionally, Rehrig Pacific was selected by Casella Waste Systems to provide recycled-plastic carts for the town of Stratham, N.H. 

Spartech and Toray Plastics (America) announced that they joined the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) on April 29 and May 5, respectively.

Norway-headquartered equipment supplier Tomra announced the company has selected Tove Anderson as its next CEO, replacing Stefan Ranstrand.

3M pledged to increase its use of recycled plastic and reduce virgin material use.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1944, which supports the development of the chemical recycling sector in the state. The American Chemistry Council praised the move.

Berry Global signed an agreement to buy chemically recycled resin from Borealis.

Dow announced it will support London-headquartered chemical recycling firm Mura Technology as the company develops its Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution technology.

The Foam Recycling Coalition issued a $50,000 grant to a recycling center in Coon Rapids, Minn., to increase the facility’s capacity to handle expanded polystyrene.

The Spain-based Plastics and Related Materials Research Association (AIMPLAS) wrote about its participation in the BioICEP project, which includes research into bio-technologies for recycling mixed plastics.

SABIC Plastic Energy Advanced Recycling, a chemical recycling joint venture, awarded a contract to Worley to construct a plant in The Netherlands.

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