The idling of a Baltimore-area plastic recovery facility is the kind of challenge that’s expected in an innovative project showcasing a still-developing business model, according to a financial backer.
RES Polyflow’s Michael Dungan says fluctuating oil prices and developments in Asia will continue to affect pyrolysis companies, but he thinks a bigger issue may be a regulatory landscape that he believes is dated and detrimental to technology adoption.
Inertia continues to build toward the use of tracers and digital watermarks to improve optical sortation of post-consumer packaging. Procter & Gamble is leading an effort to keep everybody on the same page and avoid market fragmentation.
For compounders, buying cheaper regrind may be an attractive option, but the additional contamination can also mean higher processing costs. A case study shows how Aaron Industries reduced those costs and boosted throughputs by installing a continuous melt filter system.