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ExxonMobil, others roll out chemical recycling updates

Published: April 26, 2022
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Exxon Mobil corporate sign and landscaping.

Packaging companies recently announced they will purchase recycled resin produced through ExxonMobil’s chemical recycling technology. | Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Multiple companies announced they will be increasing their use of chemically recycled plastics in pursuit of their recycled-content goals, and a consumer goods group said it supports chemical recycling.

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Southeast MRF upgrades improve plastics recovery

Published: April 26, 2022
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Machinex equipment inside the MRF.

Recycling equipment manufacturer Machinex provided improved sorting technologies for two Pratt single-stream MRFs. | Courtesy of Machinex

Pratt Industries may be primarily focused on recycling fiber into cardboard boxes, but with higher scrap plastics prices, the company also saw a business opportunity in boosting PET and HDPE bottle sorting.

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Partners kill plans for $680M pyrolysis facility in Georgia

Published: April 13, 2022
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Baled plastics for recycling stored outside.

Brightmark will not move forward with a facility in Georgia, though the company’s facility in Ashley, Ind. continues toward completion. | RozenskiP/Shutterstock

Brightmark and an industrial authority have canceled plans for a massive plastics-to-fuel recycling plant in Georgia, according to media reports.

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How a startup will track scrap plastic shipments

Published: March 23, 2022
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Bill Robberson, president and chief technology officer for Kamilo, Inc.

Bill Robberson, president and chief technology officer for Kamilo, Inc., presented during a plenary session focused on greenhouse gas emissions at the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference. | Brian Adams Photo

The U.S. EPA has provided funding to Kamilo, Inc., which uses technology to monitor material moving through the recycling chain, with a goal of increasing the value of recycled resins.

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FDA letters cover recycling of polyolefins

Published: March 16, 2022
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Starlinger and Co. HDPE milk bottles.

Starlinger and Co. received letters of no-objection for the company’s technologies for recycling HDPE scrap into food-grade post-consumer resin. | Starlinger and Co.

The U.S. FDA green-lighted a process to recycle LLDPE scrap into food packaging, one of several letters the agency issued over the past seven months.

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Republic Services moves to vertically integrate in plastics

Published: March 1, 2022
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Plastics processing in Republic's Las Vegas recycling facility.

Plastics being handled at Republic Services’ existing materials recovery facility (MRF) in North Las Vegas, Nev. The company’s Polymer Center will be sited seven miles from the MRF. | Courtesy of Republic Services

North America’s second-largest hauler and recycling processor is constructing a facility in Las Vegas that will produce recycled PET flake and provide a deeper sort of recovered olefins.

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Applying ‘trust, but verify’ to recycled-content claims

Published: February 23, 2022
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Using an FDA-approved additive, ReCon^2 has developed a method for verifying recycled content claims. | Courtesy of ReCon^2

Rising prices for post-consumer resin also bring a greater incentive for shady suppliers to cheat. A U.K. nonprofit is commercializing a technology that will detect lies about recycled plastic use.

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Star Plastics installs twin-screw extruders

Published: February 23, 2022
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Star Plastics new twin screw extruder.

Star Plastics has made a $5 million investment in a pair of twin-screw extruders to boost capacity. | Courtesy of Star Plastics

Recycling and compounding company Star Plastics installed the first of two additional extruders at its West Virginia plant to expand its capacity and product offerings.

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Scientists develop catalytic hydrocracking for mixed plastics

Published: February 16, 2022
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Test tubes in a lab.

The researchers will complete lab-scale testing in the coming months and hope to kick off a commercial demonstration project in 2023. | Alex Traksel/Shutterstock

A Johns Hopkins University team has developed a catalytic hydrocracking process that converts mixed plastics into the chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.

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