At least three critical issues confront the European PET recycling market, and one of them is having a profound impact on HDPE recovery.
Dow Chemical Co. says its new compatibilizer allows reclaimers to get improved properties from PE-PP mixes, making it possible to move the material into higher-value applications.
An increasing number of grocery chains are recycling rigid plastic containers through back-of-store programs, providing a clean source of HDPE and PP for reclaimers.
HDPE post-industrial fractional melt repro and regrind prices increased by 3 to 4 cents per pound last week in eastern U.S. markets, shadowing the price direction of prime HDPE.
As plastic packaging continues to evolve, so too will the testing protocols used to determine recyclability, according to the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
If you think materials collected at the curb represent a difficult mix of contaminated plastics, try pulling them off the beach and recycling them. But that’s exactly the challenge TerraCycle and its partners have decided to confront in Europe.