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FDA greenlights a dozen resin recycling processes

Published: September 14, 2022
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Plastic food trays holding fresh strawberries.

TOP LUN Plastics Corporation received an LNO that covers the recycling of PET containers into single-layer clamshells. | Rattanapon Ninlapoom/Shutterstock

Ten companies with technologies to recycle post-consumer PET, HDPE and PP into food and drink packaging have received the federal government’s thumbs-up this year.

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Innovations yield new resins, processes

Published: July 7, 2022
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Test tubes in a lab.

New developments in film and resin technology advance efficiency and circularity goals. | Alex Traksel/Shutterstock

Several companies have released new products that are pushing plastics recycling forward, including PCR-specific additives and 83% recycled content films. Here’s a roundup of innovation news.  Continue Reading

PP grant brings robot to a facility’s sorting line

Published: June 22, 2022
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AMP Robotics installation team.

A Fresno, California MRF leveraged grant funding to install robotic sortation equipment to recover more PP. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics

With a little help from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a Fresno-based MRF has entered the world of robotics.

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Panel approves over two-dozen food-contact RPET applications

Published: June 8, 2022
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PET beverage bottles in a retail setting.

Recycling technologies from Erema, NGR, Polymetrix, Starlinger and others were recently approved to produce RPET for 100% recycled-content food and drink packaging. | Ho Su A Bi/Shutterstock

A food-safety panel has approved applications from Indorama Ventures, Veolia, Coca-Cola Hellenic, NOVAPET and other plastic reclaimers to recycle PET in new food and drink packaging.

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Mixed auto plastics turned into circular graphene

Published: June 2, 2022
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Front end of a red Ford F-150 truck.

Researchers at Rice University turned milled-together bumpers, gaskets, carpets, mats, seating and door casings from Ford F-150 pickup trucks into graphene. | mynewturtle/Shutterstock

An experiment by Rice University and Ford turned mixed plastic from old vehicles into graphene, which was then used in a polyurethane foam for new vehicles.

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Seeing growing demand, PP additive maker grows footprint

Published: June 2, 2022
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Milliken plant seen from above.

Milliken’s Blacksburg, S.C. plant will increase production capacity for the company’s Millad NX 8000 polypropylene clarifier, which is used in PP recycling. | Courtesy of Milliken

Global manufacturer Milliken & Company says its newest clarifier plant is coming on-line, boosting Milliken’s production capacity for its PP clarifier by over 50%.

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