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Plastics Color expanding in Illinois

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Plastics Color Corp. will add 40,000 square feet to its facility in Calumet City, Ill., to boost production at the site by 40 percent.
 
The Calumet City-based maker of color concentrates, compounds and custom masterbatches said in a Dec. 26 press release that the facility produces black compounds, which have seen an increased customer demand. PCC has already boosted capacity there by 18 percent by moving to a seven-day-a-week schedule. 

Blaze damages Tennessee recycling plant

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Firefighters were still battling a blaze on Dec. 19 at a plastics recycling plant in rural Tennessee.
 
Concerns about toxins in black smoke from the fire at Industrial Plastic Co. Inc. in Lyles caused officials to initially evacuate a 4-mile radius around the business after the fire started the day before, according to Kim Skelton, secretary for Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory. That included both nearby residents and students from four local schools. 

Veka invests in UK PVC recycling plant

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Veka Recycling Ltd. is “closing the recycling loop in the UK” with its investment of almost £1 million in its Kent, England, facility to produce high-quality recyclate suitable for PVC extruded products. 
 
A new compounding line will enable Veka Recycling, an accredited Recovinyl recycler, to supply European markets with PVC pellets derived from post-industrial or post-consumer window frame material. 

CalRecycle fines recyclers for CRV violations

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The owners of two recycling centers in California have been ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution and penalties after a hearing before the California Office of Administrative Hearings established a pattern of illegal claims for California Redemption Value (CRV) payments. Paper Rush, based in San Francisco, and Recycle Today, Oakland, both also have been removed from the state’s beverage container recycling program. 

CalRecycle Fines Recyclers for Violations Under CRV Program

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The owners of two recycling centers in California have been ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution and penalties after a hearing before the California Office of Administrative Hearings established a pattern of illegal claims for California Redemption Value (CRV) payments. Paper Rush, based in San Francisco, and Recycle Today, Oakland, both also have been removed from the state’s beverage container recycling program. 

Filtration Group buys Porex

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Filtration Group Corp. has acquired porous polymers and plastics maker Porex Corp. for an undisclosed price.
 
Porex makes materials that are used in a broad range of filtering and venting applications in packaging, automotive, medical, bioscience and other markets. The firm employs 700 and operates manufacturing plants at its Fairburn headquarters site, as well as in Germany, Scotland and Malaysia. 

Coke testing shrink sleeve designed for easier recycling

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Full-wrap shrink sleeve labels are a marketer’s dream and a recycler’s nightmare. But one of the largest companies in the world believes it is on to a solution for a problem that’s been creeping up on the PET recycling industry in recent years.
 
Shrink sleeves — those full-bottle labels that provide plenty of room for graphics and product information — are growing in popularity. But they also are proving to be a difficult material for plastic recyclers to handle because they throw off sorting equipment, high-tech and low-tech alike. 

BASF selling PVC modifier business to Kaneka

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BASF SE is selling its Vinuran-brand PVC modifier business to Japanese materials maker Kaneka Corp. for an undisclosed price.
 
The sale includes intangible assets and inventory, but not production assets or employees, BASF officials said in a Dec. 5 news release. BASF makes Vinuran at its headquarters site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Once full of promise, recycler Nextlife shuts down

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These days, Nextlife Holding LLC’s website is still up and running, touting the company’s successes and plans for employing hundreds and hundreds of workers to recycle plastics.
 
But the doors are closed at the company’s plant in Frankfort, Ky., and the equipment sits idle. And calls to the company’s Boca Raton, Fla., phone number include in this familiar refrain: “We’re sorry you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” 

Brazil’s World Cup 2014 Squad Will Wear Recycled PET Bottles

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The 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa was the first time that the American sporting goods giant Nike outfitted all its national teams, ten of them at the time, in jerseys made of recycled PET plastic bottles. The company will do it again at World Cup 2014 (June 12-July 13) in Brazil, only this time the whole uniform will be recycled PET, including the socks.

Green grades blight plastics recycling

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Biodegradable and oxo-degradable plastics are unwelcome addition to the waste stream and damage the recycling process, according to key players in the European plastics recycling industry.
 
“If I mix oxo-degradable plastics – even at one or two percent – into my reprocessing I cannot predict the quality of my finished product,” said Ton Emans, president of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). “If I make a film out of it, its properties aren’t predictable. Oxo-biodegradable plastics have a negative impact on quality.

Vadxx Energy moves forward with plans for Ohio recycling plant

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Plans for Vadxx Energy LLC's Akron, Ohio, plant are moving forward.
 
Akron City Council this week approved the sale of 5.1 acres of city-owned land at East Waterloo Road and Kelly Avenue to the company. The city's planning commission approved the proposal in August, but it had to go before council before being finalized.

Study reports encouraging results for recycling food-service packaging

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Food-service packaging, long considered difficult to recycle due to contamination, might not be so challenging after all.
 
A small study of one ton of randomly selected curbside recyclables in Boston, including plastics, showed encouraging results, according to the Foodservice Packaging Institute. But the Falls Church, Va.-based trade group also cautioned there is more work to do beyond this initial study.

Dart pushing for PS recycling in New York City

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Dart Container Corp. pushed for an alternative for the proposed polystyrene ban in New York City during a City Council committee hearing.
 
The committee on sanitation and solid waste management held a seven hour hearing Nov. 25, discussing a possible food service ban for PS or an alternative to start a curbside recycling program. Under the original proposal, the ban would take effect July 1, 2015, but could be halted if the city’s deputy sanitation commissioner determines a recycling alternative is possible. 

Beverage Makers Tout Recycling Efforts

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The American Beverage Association (ABA) has used America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, to tout the non-alcoholic beverage industry’s “longstanding commitment to further minimizing its environmental impact” through several recycling initiatives.
 
“From our 100 percent recyclable packaging to our efforts to minimize waste and support recycling programs, our industry is leading the way and doing our part to reduce our environmental impact,” says Susan Neely, ABA president and CEO. 

Axion forms plastics recycling subsidiary with asset acquisition, $3M cash infusion

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Green technology company Axion International Holdings Inc., in New Providence, announced today it has initiated operations of its new subsidiary, AXION Recycled Plastics Inc.
 
According to the announcement, on November 15 Axion purchased assets previously used by Ohio-based Y City Recycling, which will contribute to the company's consolidated operations and revenues beginning with the fourth quarter of 2013. Key employees and members of Y City Recycling's management team have been hired by Axion Recycled Plastics.

Plastics Recycling Conference Opts for Dallas in 2015

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Resource Recycling Inc., organizer of the annual Plastics Recycling Conference, has selected the Hyatt Regency Dallas as the site of the 2015 version of its event. The 2015 Plastics Recycling Conference will be held Feb. 24-25 at the venue in Dallas.
 
The 2015 event will offer “analyses of trends in the U.S. and Canada, plastics collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative and policy considerations,” says Resource Recycling.

Packaging breakthrough is renewable and recyclable

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An Australian company has developed a high-barrier packaging material it claims is renewable and recyclable. Plantic Technologies said the new packaging combines PET and the company’s proprietary bioplastics technology to create a structure that is up to 60% renewable.
 
Plantic eco Plastic R has an extremely low oxygen transmission rate and the high barrier allows downgauging options. It extends shelf life for meat, poultry and fish from one to three days, according to the company.

UK Plastics Recycler Expands

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Closed Loop Recycling has announced plans to significantly expand its HDPE recycling capabilities to meet the growing demands of the dairy industry, which is increasingly requiring higher levels of recycled HDPE in its milk bottles.
 
The U.K.-based company, which describes itself as the first company in the world to recycle both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food-grade material for new food and drink packaging, 

Global brands form bioplastic alliance

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Coca-Cola, Danone, Ford, HJ Heinz, Nestle, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have launch the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), which will promote the development of plant-based plastics.
 
The aim of BFA will be to guide “the responsible selection and harvesting of feedstocks – such as sugar cane, corn, bulrush and switchgrass – used to make plastics from agricultural materials”.

Closed Loop expansion reflects growth in rHDPE demand

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Dagenham, UK-based recycler Closed Loop Recycling is significantly expanding its HDPE recycling capabilities. According to the company, the move enables it to fully meet the demands of the dairy industry, which is said to be requiring increasingly high levels of rHDPE in its milk bottles.

Closed Loop Recycling – the first in the world to recycle both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material for new food and drink packaging – is implementing a major expansion which will double the supply of recycled HDPE to the UK market, “more than meeting the expected demand from the dairy industry” as the company works towards higher recycled content targets.


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