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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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ReCon^2

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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Plastics companies, Houston sign chemical recycling MOU

Published: February 9, 2022
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Aerial view of Houston neighborhood with downtown skyline in distance.

The details of what’s being called the “Houston Recycling Collaboration” have yet to be worked out, but an agreement has set the process in motion to divert residential plastic scrap for chemical recycling. | Roschetzky Photography/Shutterstock

LyondellBasell and ExxonMobil were among the companies that signed an agreement to advance chemical recycling for household plastic scrap in Houston.

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Avangard to ‘cohabitate’ mechanical, chemical recycling

Published: February 2, 2022
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Avangard's Waller, Texas facility seen from above.

Avangard Innovative’s Waller, Texas facility will be home to the first U.S. deployment of Honeywell’s chemical recycling technology. | Courtesy of Avangard

Avangard Innovative has become one of the first examples of a large mechanical recycling company embracing chemical recycling technologies.

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Eastman unveils plans for $1B polyester depolymerization plant

Published: January 19, 2022
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Eastman CEO Mark Costa at right, with Emmanuel Marcon.

Eastman CEO Mark Costa at right, with Emmanuel Marcon at a recent meeting around the company’s investment. | Via Emmanuel Marcon Twitter, @EmmanuelMacron

Procter & Gamble, Danone, L’Oréal and other global brand owners have signed letters of intent to buy chemically recycled resin from a $1 billion plant Eastman is planning in France.

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European panel OKs PET recycling technologies

Published: December 22, 2021
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PET bottles gathered for recycling.

Several technologies for processing post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging have been approved. | srisakorn wonglakorn/Shutterstock

A food-safety panel approved 17 applications to use Starlinger, SML and Protec technologies to recycle post-consumer PET into food and drink packaging. It rejected two other requests.

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Cyclyx plans large plastic feedstock preparation plant

Published: December 22, 2021
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ExxonMobil sign at facility in Texas.

The Cyclyx plant, which is scheduled to come on-line in late 2022, will provide scrap plastic feedstock for ExxonMobil’s upcoming chemical recycling facility in Baytown, Texas. | michelmond/Shutterstock

A scrap plastic feedstock company is planning a Gulf Coast facility capable of preparing 132 million pounds of material annually for chemical recycling.

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