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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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Waste Management on track to meet 2020 recycling goal


February 18, 2015 10:04 am ET

Waste Management Inc. captured more than 431,000 tons of plastics among the 15 million tons of recyclables handled by the firm in 2013, according to new company statistics.

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Energy Bag pilot program recovers 6,000 pounds of plastics


February 17, 2015 3:25 pm ET

A first-of-its-kind program aimed at plastics not typically recycled was able to capture some 6,000 pounds of material.

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Mexico will benefit from strong US economy, experts say


February 16, 2015 6:00 am ET

Mexico is benefiting from the strengthening U.S. economy, and its plastics industry can look forward to a sustained period of success as a result, analysts at a Mexico City conference concluded.

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Water shortage in Brazil may force firms into more costly alternatives


February 13, 2015 11:43 am ET

Months into a worsening water shortage that has South America's largest city on the brink of rationing, The São Paulo state government may soon encourage or force major companies in plastics and petrochemicals to start using more costly...

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Study: Plastic ocean waste on the rise


February 12, 2015 4:09 pm 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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Williams restarts ethylene production at Louisiana plant


February 12, 2015 1:53 pm ET

Williams Cos. Inc. has restarted production of plastic feedstock ethylene at a plant in Geismar, La., that was the site of a fatal explosion less than two years ago.

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Plastindia will stay in Gandhinagar


February 11, 2015 3:29 pm ET

The Plastindia trade show announced Feb. 11 that its next edition, in 2018, will remain in Gandhinagar, rather than relocate back to New Delhi, with organizers announcing it a success in its new venue.

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India's plastics industry asking for tariffs on finished goods


February 11, 2015 11:34 am ET

India's plastics industry is asking the government to raise import duties on a range of plastic products, arguing that it needs protection from manufactured goods from Southeast Asia and China, in particular.

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