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Global group looks to support chemical recycling projects

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The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is accepting funding applications for chemical recycling projects through April 30.| paul prescott/Shutterstock

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is accepting applications to provide up to $20 million for individual chemical recycling ventures, according to a recent request for proposals.

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Plastic packaging innovations get recyclability nods

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers recently issued several letters to packaging companies recognizing their innovations as compatible with plastics recycling processes. | Trong Nguyen/Shutterstock

A slew of packaging products – a plastic aerosol can, multi-layer HDPE bottle, bottle and film labels – recently received recognition for their compatibility with plastics recycling processes.

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Eastman offers details on $250M depolymerization plant

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Eastman Chemical Co. announced it will invest $250 million over two years to build a methanolysis plant at its Kingsport, Tenn. facility. | William Griffith/Shutterstock

Eastman’s plastics sorting capabilities and complementary chemical recycling technologies will help it cost-effectively secure the ample feedstock supply needed for a huge methanolysis plant, the company’s CEO said.

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How a pyrolysis firm handles EnergyBag plastics

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The CEO of Nexus Fuels told Plastics Recycling Update how his company uses its pyrolysis technology to convert the mix of post-consumer plastics collected at the curb into chemical and wax products. | Nexus Fuels

For the past two years, difficult-to-recycle plastics have been collected in Cobb County, Ga. through the Hefty EnergyBag program. A downstream processor recently described what happens to that material.

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How the use of robotics is evolving at sorting facilities

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A leader with AMP Robotics says artificial intelligence has changed how robotics can be incorporated into recycling facilities. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics.

A recycling facility operator and a robotics company say artificial intelligence is providing materials recovery firms with much-needed data to analyze changes in the recycling stream. That’s in addition to sortation improvements.

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Loop: Outside review disproves ‘smoke and mirrors’ allegations

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A research firm found that Loop’s process breaks down scrap PET into material streams that are pure enough to be used to make new PET. | noisuk Photo/Shutterstock

To counter accusations that its technology claims are bogus, Loop Industries has released the results of an independent review confirming its PET depolymerization process works.

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Packaging products receive recyclability recognition

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A number of packaging innovations were recently tested and confirmed as compatible with recycling systems. | Castleski/Shutterstock

Recent testing has shown that several bottle label innovations and a barrier tube package are compatible with plastics recycling processes, according to the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).

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