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.
More foam polystyrene collection centers are opening in the U.S., and a clothing company introduces a new line made from recycled ocean plastics.
A wet shredder and hydrocyclone separation system from Herbold Meckesheim is helping a Netherlands reclaimer process film for recycling.
Existing sortation equipment at materials recovery facilities could potentially be used to create bales of flexible film packaging, a study found. And an industry group is targeting the material with a grant program.
A facility near London is using a new baffled oscillation technology to separate PP and PE in a water tank, and a study says more rPET could be used in hot-fill containers.
Avangard Innovative is continuing its efforts to optimize plastics recycling streams with the assistance of new technology, and the results are playing into bale price negotiations.
An improvement in virgin feedstocks allows better performance in recycled-content HDPE products, and two companies cooperate to supply a continuous PET-to-textile-fibers line.
When recycling processor Invema switched from a high-speed friction washer to an updated system relying on boilers and chemicals, something unexpected happened: Energy usage decreased by 20 percent.
A startup is using microwave technology in an innovative conversion process that allows for small units that can be sold to large plastics generators and other stakeholders.
In the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence may see and control all that’s happening in a recycling facility. But first, it’s going to do some work on a quality control line.