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plastic recycling

America Recycles Day: LEED for Waste Management, ACC, Coca-Cola, Cox

The recycling industry in the US last year transformed more than 130 million metric tons of scrap metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics into specification grade commodities for use in new products, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Plastics Industry, Recyclers Launch Automotive Recycling Project

A new automotive recycling project aims to develop a method to collect and recover plastic auto parts in a way that is technically and economically feasible.

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Flexible packaging, such as pet food bags and snack pouches, offers several environmental benefits: it uses less energy and materials than other packaging options and reduces waste by protecting products and minimizing food spoilage. But it’s typically not accepted in North American recycling programs, which means that flexible packaging usually … Read more »

plastic recycling

Plastics Firm Expects $20,000 in New Recycling Revenue from Zero Net Waste Program

A zero waste program for the plastics industry is expected to result in about $20,000 in new revenue for its first participant. Following the launch of its zero waste program earlier this year, SPI: The Plastics Trade Association has recognized its first Zero Net Waste recognized company. Thermoplastic provider The … Read more »

Lego Duplo blocks

Will Lego’s $150 Million Sustainable Plastics Challenge Make Biobased the Norm?

Lego is pumping millions of dollars into its quest to find new, sustainable materials for its popular plastic toy bricks. While the company’s goal with this initiative is to build better toys, it may end up shifting the plastics industry away from its oil-based roots. “We expect both established and … Read more »

auto plastics

How to Increase Automotive Plastics Recycling

Automotive recyclers have focused on recycling some car parts — steel parts, for example — for decades. Today, 95 percent of vehicles are recycled at the end of their practical life. The recycling of plastic automotive parts, however, is still in its infancy, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade … Read more »

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Business Groups Attack Oil & Gas Flaring Rule

A new rule to reduce methane emissions by limiting venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands would “deprive manufacturers and other energy consumers of critical energy supplies, increase operating costs and threaten international competitiveness,” according to several business associations including the National Association of Manufacturers and … Read more »