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Unifi, Trex and Greystone describe business conditions

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Despite challenges caused by the pandemic starting in March, the first quarter of 2020 showed strong sales for some businesses that use recycled plastic. | Chaosamran_Studio/Shutterstock

Three major recycled plastic consumers recently reported their business performance during the first few months of 2020. They touched on COVID-19, recycled material costs and their outlook for the future.

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Plastic bags continue to complicate curbside recycling

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California cities of 50,000 residents or more are seeing inbound contamination rates between 8% and 46%, with an average of 20%. | Oksana Shturo/Shutterstock

Plastic film has long been identified as a major contaminant in municipal materials recovery programs. Research from the West Coast shows just how challenging it has been to educate residents around proper bag behavior.

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Film end user boasts greater sales

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Trex uses about 500 million pounds of recovered polyethylene film and sawdust to make composite lumber each year. | Photo courtesy of Trex online product gallery.

Trex, which uses recovered polyethylene film to make composite wood products, boosted its sales and profits in 2019.

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Plastic recycled-content bills move ahead in Washington

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The Washington legislature passed a bill prohibiting retailers from providing single-use plastic bags and requiring reusable bags have  post-consumer content. | anystock/Shutterstock

Washington state lawmakers will send the governor a bill mandating use of recycled plastic in beverage bottles. They also passed a bill banning thin plastic bags and mandating recycled content in thicker reusable bags.

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Avangard details its upcoming PCR projects

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Bales of plastic films for recycling.

Avangard plans to bring a Mexico City-area facility on-line at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 or early in the first quarter of 2021. | taniascamera/Shutterstock

After opening a film recycling facility in the Houston area, Avangard Innovative will develop a similar processing site in the Mexico City area, the company’s CEO said.

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