Supporters and opponents of plastic film policy have differing views on whether the Golden State’s voter-supported initiative will have ripple effects nationwide.
Chicago residents are closer to paying bag fees, and plastics recycling equipment innovations were on display at Germany’s K show.
The PET recycling rate is increasing in South Africa, and a PVC recycling program in the U.K. gets kudos.
The City of San Antonio began accepting plastic bags in curbside single-stream carts two years ago. In its first year, 550 tons were recovered through the program, which excludes black plastic bags, but that number fell by more than two-thirds in the second year.
California may be a liberal state with its fair share of regulations, but a poll indicates voters may not be so keen on a statewide ban on plastic bags.
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.