May 17, 2018 - Plastics Today
APR in the News
Unraveling the economics of plastics recycling
“Recycling is big business, but is it profitable?”
Considered a pioneer in defining the processes to produce bottle-grade PET and later helping set the guidelines for recycling, David Cornell earned a spot in the Plastics Hall of Fame this year.
David Cornell had a front-row seat in the early years of PET bottle development and plastics recycling. Now, Cornell is going into the Plastics Hall of Fame.
Testing protocols developed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers give brand owners the chance to prove their plastic packaging can be correctly sorted at materials recovery facilities.
Increasing end market demand and improving infrastructure are essential ingredients for a sustainable plastics recycling industry – and for recycling as a whole.
New garbage-sorting bots are as reliable as humans and much faster. "It's still very early days," said John Standish, technical director of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, a trade group in Washington, D.C. "But I'm very, very optimistic for the future."
The plastics and recycling industries announced a push for stronger federal investment in recycling infrastructure on April 11, saying that boosting domestic U.S. capacity is critical to deal with challenges like China's recent import ban.
EPR, Mandated Recycled Content, Product Bans, Take Back Requirements. These terms have recently taken on a renewed sense of urgency. California's state agency responsible for recycling regulations, Calrecycle, has just announced new proposals to regulate plastic packaging and the plastics recycling industry. Similar proposals in Europe are regularl...