Pennsylvania company Owl Electronic Recycling installed e-plastics sortation equipment in response to China’s scrap plastic import ban. That’s proved beneficial for the latest market disruption restricting the scrap plastic trade.
A major North American e-scrap company has invested approximately $1.5 million into a plastics cleanup line, partly to get ahead of tighter international rules on plastics exports.
Electronics and appliances present an attractive source for reclaimed plastics, but technical challenges can often inhibit recovery. Many of the e-plastics are black, which can make separation by polymer difficult.
An expert recently explained why North American e-plastics processing could be a component of a wider effort to reduce energy use in U.S. manufacturing. And he outlined steps for progress.
China’s border crackdown creates a struggle for survival among legitimate recycling companies, and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water uses more rPET.
A company says its enzymatic depolymerization technology can be applied to opaque PET containers, and a startup targeting ABS and PLA will compete for a major prize.