A startup based in Richmond, Calif. is making polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastic out of organic material. While the innovative process is in the very early stages, the company hopes it makes a major impact on plastics packaging.
A drugstore chain in British Columbia is ramping up its plastic film recycling efforts, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries alters some recovered plastics specifications.
The San Diego City Council has voted to ban plastic bags at large grocery stores, pharmacies and other markets, making San Diego the 150th municipality in California to limit use of the items.
A recycling program in Virginia expands its plastics scope, and a materials recovery facility in Ontario pushes back against bags and PS.
Retailers collecting select polyethylene bags for recycling worry that accepting other types of PE film will open the door to contamination.
NASA plans to experiment with interstellar plastics recycling, and a town in British Columbia says a fee on bags is successfully deterring residents from using the products.
Ikea releases products made with recycled plastics, and Rhode Island adopts standardized public bin signage to boost recovery efforts.