The Reflex project successfully demonstrated flexible film packaging could be recycled into items such as boxes and crates or drainage pipes. That was one of the successes of the two-year research effort, according to the project coordinator.
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.
The PET recycling rate is increasing in South Africa, and a PVC recycling program in the U.K. gets kudos.
ExxonMobil is part of a project developing a type of flexible film that could be more easily integrated into the PE collection stream, and a detergent bottle maker focuses on recycled HDPE.
Another county has joined the WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program) initiative, an effort by the Flexible Film Recycling Group of the American Chemistry Council to collect more plastic bags and film at local stores.
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.
The Dow Chemical Company is committing nearly $3 million toward recycling education and outreach programs as well as research into plastics recycling technology.
Flexible film packaging is being accepted at the curb in one Midwest city, and thousands of plastic bags have been diverted from landfill thanks to a group of charitable women.
Another report describes how the price of oil is affecting the plastics recycling market, and hundreds of jobs are coming to Michigan via an operation that will use recovered plastic to create auto parts.