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Recycling International

 •  November 1

United States: The US recycling rate for polyethylene containers dropped to 28.4% in 2016 from 30.1% in 2015, reckons the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). This is the third consecutive year in which the rate has declined as well as the second successive year of decrease in the...

United Kingdom: Recycled polymers can boast a significantly smaller carbon footprint than oil-based virgin plastics - including up to 89% savings for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), according to latest research by Axion Polymers. The UK-based plastics recycler also claims that analysis has revealed a carbon saving of 82.5% for recycled high...

United States: Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in the USA have discovered a new method to recycle epoxy-based thermoset composites. This is said to offer significant potential for the aircraft recycling industry as production of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 XWB airplanes generates over 1 million pounds of cured and uncured carbon...

Recycling International

 •  February 13

Scandinavia: Norway's Norner Research will lead the Euro 2.5 million FuturePack project focusing on the development of new technologies for bioplastics and recycling of plastics packaging. Over 60% of plastic packaging is recycled in Norway, mostly thanks to the 120 nationwide collection points operated by Grønt Punkt Norge (Green Dot Norway). The...

Recycling International

 •  January 18

United Arab Emirates: What could you do with 28 discarded plastic bottles? Transform them into a blanket to keep people warm at 40 000 feet in the sky, airline company Emirates says. By the end of 2019, the 100% recycled content blankets will have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills– equivalent to the weight of 44 A380 aircraft,...

Recycling International

 •  December 20, 2016

United States: ‘With a few exceptions, plastics used in the healthcare industry are single use materials representing a linear take-make-dispose economy,’ so say the US Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council and Plastics Industry Association. They launched a special pilot project in Chicago in the hopes of proving that scrap plastics originating...

Recycling International

 •  November 10, 2016

Global: The automotive industry is a 'dynamically growing market for plastics': In addition to the global stock of already more than 1.2 billion vehicles, more than 90 million units are added every year. This car production level equates to plastics consumption of 15 million tonnes per year – or 167 kg per vehicle, so says German consulting company...

Recycling International

 •  October 28, 2016

United Kingdom: RecoMed, the UK's PVC medical devices take-back scheme, has won the sustainability category of the 2016 INOVYN Awards for its innovative approach to sustainable healthcare recycling. This is the second accolade in a year for the scheme, which is run by project partners Axion Consulting and the British Plastics Federation...

Recycling International

 •  October 20, 2016

North America: The North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA) – a partnership between the continent’s four leading plastics industry trade associations to enhance sustainability and support growth – has celebrated its fifth anniversary. Picture:Strong alliance: NAPA 5 years later () The trade body is made up of Mexico’s Asociación Nacional de...

Recycling International

 •  October 20, 2016

Germany: Plastic bottle producer Alpla partnered-up with consumer goods company Henkel to create a line of detergent bottles with at least 15% recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) two years ago. Fast forward to today, it is glad to report that it has already manufactured 60 000 such bottles at its site in Holthausen, Germany, as part of a...