Chemical recycling and its environmental impacts

St. James Parish, located on a stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans dubbed “Cancer Alley” due to the high concentration of petrochemical plants, is home to the country’s largest producer of polystyrene — the foam commonly found in soft drink and takeout containers. Now, theContinue Reading


Debates continue over what place that mechanical and chemical recycling technologies have in the industry. While the former mechanically crushes or shreds plastic and reforms it into secondary products, the latter chemically breaks plastic down into its building blocks, acclaimed to make virgin-like polymers of a higher quality from hard-to-recycleContinue Reading

Ralf Düssel: ‘Mechanical and chemical recycling are complementary’

German plastics industry organization VDMA has conducted a series of “Way2K’”industry interviews in the lead-up to the K 2022 trade fair. Ralf Düssel, chairman of plastics producers’ association PlasticsEurope Deutschland emphasizes in this discussion with VDMA that chemical recycling only comes into play when mechanical recycling has reached its limits andContinue Reading

The Myth That Is Plastic Waste Recycling in Kenya

Download PDFPrint Article Brexit Britain’s dismal plan to export its “immigration problem” to Rwanda through the forced deportation of asylum seekers is in some ways redolent of how, more than a century earlier, Kenya Colony dealt with its “native question”. That centred upon how to control the “natives” in aContinue Reading

Black plastics recycling: towards a circular economy

Photo: Stadler This is a game changer in the fast-evolving plastic packaging sector. Stadler is experiencing an increase in the demand for systems capable of recovering all black plastics from the waste stream. Through effective collaboration among all players in the industry’s value chain, a financially and environmentally beneficial circularContinue Reading

HydroBlox Technologies founder and CEO Ed Grieser is shown, on Sept. 15, 2022, near skids of raw plastics in the company's Meadville processing and manufacturing plant.

MEADVILLE — Northwestern Pennsylvania has been long been known as a center for the nation’s plastics industry. It could soon be known as a center for plastics recycling. International Recycling Group, which plans to build a $185 million plant at the former Hammermill Paper Co. site in Erie to transformContinue Reading

Global Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Environmental

Pune, Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 2022-2030 REPORT ON GLOBAL PLASTIC RECYCLING MARKET BY PLAYER, REGION, TYPE, APPLICATION AND SALES CHANNEL: Global “Plastic Recycling Market” 2016-2030 report discovers comprehensive insights on key manufacturers with share information, market size and projection, key dynamics, growth factors, and new company profiles. TheContinue Reading

Turkey: Plastic Recycling Harms Health, Environment

(Istanbul) – Plastic recycling in Turkey is harming the health of many people and degrading the environment for everyone, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 88-page report, “‘It’s as If They’re Poisoning Us’: The Health Impacts of Plastic Recycling in Turkey,” documents the consequences of theContinue Reading

PureCycle faces opposition in Florida over recycling center

PureCycle Technologies Inc. is facing significant opposition to the company’s plans to operate a plastics sortation facility in a historically Black neighborhood in Winter Garden, Fla. The company finds itself up against a community group named One Winter Garden, a coalition of environmental groups and the city itself. PureCycle, whichContinue Reading

Why plastic is building up at recycling centers and catching fire

Recycling plants are amassing millions of tons of plastic bottles, the Environmental Protection Agency says, with some becoming part of a growing problem of toxic fires at these plants, according to data provided by environmental advocates. Critics say beverage companies should be doing more to make their products more recyclable.Continue Reading