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Blow molders boost demand for recycled PET


February 20, 2015 2:32 pm ET

ATLANTA — The market for using recycled PET in bottle applications is getting stronger every year, which means the quality level of the recycled material needs to be as high as possible, according to one industry expert.

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Coke making progress with plant-based PET


February 20, 2015 2:12 pm ET

ATLANTA — With 1.9 billion servings per day, Coca-Cola Co. relies on a number of ways to deliver beverages around the world: fountain dispensers, glass and metal, for sure. But there is no material that the company calls on more than PET.

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Vadxx moving forward with Ohio plastics-to-fuel plant


February 19, 2015 2:27 pm ET

Vadxx Energy LLC took a big step toward commercializing their first plastics-to-fuel plant on Feb. 9 when the firm installed a massive kiln at its site in Akron, Ohio.

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US Consumer Products Safety Commission likely to expand phthlate ban


February 19, 2015 2:44 pm ET

WASHINGTON — Phthalates used in plastics destined for children's toys and child care items will likely get a new, more stringent federal safety regulation even though scientists say the report used to make the decision is flawed.

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Grants offered for foam package recycling


February 19, 2015 2:39 pm ET

A new grant program is being launched to help fund foam recycling infrastructure.

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Xeros cleans up with polymer beads


February 19, 2015 1:53 pm ET

Six more U.S. utility companies are offering financial incentives to their customers that adopt technology from Rotherham, England-based Xeros Ltd., which uses polymer beads to clean laundry.

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France takes the spotlight in debate about BPA safety


February 19, 2015 1:47 pm ET

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) finding in January that bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers at current exposure levels may be brought to bear on France, which has unilaterally banned BPA in food packaging.

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PET thermoform recycling goes from 0 to 60 (million pounds)


February 18, 2015 11:42 am ET

What a difference five years can make — at least when it comes to proving the viability of recycling PET thermoforms.

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Marine debris still on the rise, need for action remains urgent


February 18, 2015 10:42 am ET

A new study estimates that 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastics are washed into the world's oceans annually — or between 1.5 and 4.5 percent of the world's total plastic production.

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Pret completes Wellman acquisition, reveals details


February 18, 2015 10:38 am ET

Just days before China shuts down for the week-long Spring Festival, Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd. announced it has completed the acquisition of U.S. recycler WPR Holdings LLC, revealing many details of the transaction including board changes.

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