A type of caterpillar eats and breaks down polyethylene, and Tanzania asks new plastic product manufacturers to build recycling facilities.
Indonesia considers following its fee on plastic bags with one on plastic beverage containers, and South African pickers could be hurt by a transition to extended producer responsibility for packaging.
The PET recycling rate is increasing in South Africa, and a PVC recycling program in the U.K. gets kudos.
Residents of a settlement in Zambia collect and sell scrap plastics in place of a formal hauling service, and ag plastics recycling efforts grow in Australia.
South Africa recycled more total plastic in 2015 than the year before, but the country’s plastics diversion rate dropped and plastics recycling companies struggled.
Equipment companies release innovative optical sortation technologies, and the Association of Plastic Recyclers recognizes research improving recyclability.
A Dow executive discusses end-market potential for recovered flexible films, and an article explores the challenges of recovering plastics from toys.
Logistics experts predict the current low costs of moving recyclables from processing plants to end-use mills will continue through the end of the year.