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Collector and broker adds e-plastics processing line

Published: April 7, 2021
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Closeup of collected e-scrap for recycling.

A 100,000-square-foot facility in Spain will have the capacity to process more than 50 million pounds of e-plastics per year. | sonsart/Shutterstock

Spanish plastics recycling operation Fosimpe will enter the mixed-plastics processing sector in the coming weeks, driven not only by the global regulatory environment but by greater public interest in domestic material processing.

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Basel changes may cause material pileup in UK

Published: January 20, 2021
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Cargo containers stacked at a port in the U.K.

New rules took effect Jan. 1, 2021, and scrap plastic traders are already describing a chaotic situation for shipments around the world. | al clark/Shutterstock

U.K. regulators will relax restrictions on scrap plastic storage, in response to what they’re calling “disruption” caused by changes to the Basel Convention.

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US officials lay out Basel impact for plastic exporters

Published: October 7, 2020
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Export shipping terminal from above.

There are now only a few types of scrap plastic shipments not subject to the new Basel criteria. | Go_Legacy/Shutterstock

Experts with the U.S. EPA say there are a number of potential outcomes from upcoming shifts in global rules governing scrap plastic shipments. Under one possibility, trade in scrap plastic will no longer be allowed between the U.S. and most other countries.

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Beverage distributor boosts RPET use in Europe

Published: September 10, 2020
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Sign in front of Coca-Cola European Partners building.

Coca-Cola European Partners announced that all bottles produced in Norway, which are made from about 25% recycled plastic currently, will hit 100% during the first half of next year. | Jevanto Productions/Shutterstock

The primary Coca-Cola bottler in Europe will use 100% recycled PET containers in the Netherlands and Norway, committing to consume millions of pounds of additional recycled resin per year.

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Here are possible recycling solutions for foam, large rigids and more

Published: August 3, 2020
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Plastic baled for recycling.

Large rigid plastics were among the materials recycled in a research project directed by AIMPLAS. | Vershinin89/Shutterstock

The Spanish plastics research institute AIMPLAS has written about a project through which plastics from bulky items were recycled into products using a variety of technologies.

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Researchers: Enzymes could aid recycling of multi-layer packaging

Published: July 6, 2020
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Multilayer pouch

Researchers looked into multi-layer pouch recycling through the use of enzymes. | Ploylada/Shutterstock

A paper authored by a Spanish plastics research institute says enzymes can be used to degrade adhesive layers in multi-layer scrap materials, allowing the plastics to be separated for recycling.

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Assessments help plastic end users gauge recyclability

Published: June 10, 2020
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Various plastic spray bottles.

The RecyClass platform is focused on encouraging producers to sell packaging that’s compatible with current plastics recycling processes and technologies. | Africa Studio/Shutterstock

A European trade association has published step-by-step guides allowing packaging producers to rate the recyclability of their products and receive a certification.

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