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New York City officials avoid taking a stand on plastic bag fee


November 20, 2014 11:28 am ET

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration claimed Nov. 19 to be committed to dramatically reducing plastic bag consumption in New York City, but would not endorse legislation imposing a 10-cent fee on disposable shopping bags.

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Agilyx facing nearly $50,000 in fines from Oregon DEQ


November 20, 2014 11:59 am ET

Agilyx Corp., a plastic waste-to-oil company, is facing nearly $50,000 in fines for alleged hazardous waste violations at its Tigard, Ore., research facility, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said.

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Environmental group focusing on producer responsibility in packaging


November 20, 2014 11:04 am ET

Athens, Ga.-based environmental group Upstream is out with a new paper entitled “Advancing Local Government's Interests through Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging.”

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NS Farrington 'on track' to recycle 1 ton of PE per month


November 20, 2014 10:23 am ET

A polyethylene recycling program created by N.S. Farrington & Co. has passed the 60,000 pound mark.

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Silica can replace plastic microbeads


November 19, 2014 6:00 am ET

As cosmetics and soap makers face pressure to remove plastic microbeads from their products, Evonik Industries touts its new silica-based microbeads as replacements.

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Varioplast debuts more environmentally friendly options for production


November 18, 2014 6:00 am ET

With a theme of “Best-Price-Production, Germany,” injection molder Varioplast Konrad Däbritz GmbH of Ötisheim, Germany, showed its Instachrome and Instantcoat processes for decorated moldings at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen last month.

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Category winners announced for SPE Automotive Innovation Awards


November 17, 2014 3:13 pm ET

DETROIT —The Society of Plastics Engineers' automotive division has announced the category winners for its 2014 Automotive Innovation Awards. SPE honored the winners at its 44th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Nov. 12.

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UK accused of blocking European Union plastic bags legislation


November 17, 2014 2:43 pm ET

The United Kingdom government has been accused of trying to block agreement over European Union legislation curbing lightweight plastic bags usage to favor a U.K. plastics company with links to David Cameron’s Conservative Party.

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Interest in green building growing


November 14, 2014 1:14 pm ET

Interest in third-party certification for green buildings continues to climb, with 62 percent of respondents to a biennial survey by an international building firm saying they are extremely likely or very likely to seek LEED approval if they...

Green Fence boon for China, group says


November 14, 2014 1:04 pm ET

China's Green Fence rules and regulations regarding the import of scrap materials will prove to be a “long-term” boon for the recycling industry while cutting down on China's pollution problem, the executive president of the China Scrap Plastic Association said earlier this month at the group's semiannual event.

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