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June 22, 2020 - Plastics News

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Flexible plastic recycling trial reports success, but notes ‘anemic' markets

The plastics industry-funded Materials Recovery For the Future consortium released a report June 16 on its project upgrading a Pennsylvania recycling sorting facility to handle flexible plastic packaging like shopping bags, chip and snack packaging and the increasingly popular stand-up pouches.

The report said the trial project at a materials recovery facility in Birdsboro, Pa., was a success and can be a replicable model for other communities, allowing residents to put those hard-to-recycle materials directly into curbside recycling bins.

But the report from the MRFF consortium also noted that it will cost several million dollars per facility for new equipment and said more work is needed to support weak markets for the recycled plastic film material to achieve long-term success.

Read the full article from Plastics News.