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ACC anticipates growth in thin film recycling

By: Gayle S. Putrich

June 17, 2013

WASHINGTON – With the relaunch of its Web site and growing the ranks, the polyethylene film recycling working group within the American Chemistry Council expects to see growth in thin film recovery and recycling.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., KW Plastics Recycling, Mil-tek and Verdeco Plastics Inc. have joined the ACC's Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), which already included major chemical and recycling names such as Dow Chemical Co., ExxonMobil Chemical Co., S.C. Johnson and wood-alternative decking company Trex Co. Inc..

Alabama-based KW Plastics is a major recycler and a supplier of plastic one gallon, quart, pint and half-pint containers for the paint and coatings industry. Mil-tek, a Danish company with U.S. operations based in Ashburn, Va., designs and builds balers and other environmentally-friendly recycling and waste disposal equipment. Full-service recycler and reprocessor Verdeco Plastics Inc., out of Channahon, Ill., specializes in the purchase and resale of plastic materials.

FFRG Director Shari Jackson welcomed the new members in a news release: "Their participation in our group will drive growth in plastic film recycling that exceeded 1 billion pounds in 2011and confirms their commitment to supporting effective programs that will further increase bag and film sustainability."

FFRG has also re-launched its Web site, www.plasticfilmrecycling.org, with an expanded recycler directory database to help retailers locate distributors and other service providers, a ZIP code-searchable drop-off directory for film recycling collection locations and information on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle film recycling program.