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Study on ocean plastics turns up some surprises


December 12, 2014 11:53 am ET

WASHINGTON — An estimated 269,000 tons of plastic trash is churning around in the world’s oceans, most of it in pieces no bigger than a grain of rice, according to a new study from the 5 Gyres Institute.

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Proposed green building standard delayed until late 2016


November 27, 2014 6:00 am ET

Anyone not ready for a new green building standard — one that may include more favorable ratings for plastics — is getting something of a reprieve. The implementation of LEEDv4 is being pushed back by a year and a half, to Oct. 31, 2016.

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Group backs plastic window alternatives


November 27, 2014 6:00 am ET

A new industry working group is figuring out how to help plastic break through the glass ceiling.

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Post-consumer plastic recycling rates continue strong growth


October 15, 2014 9:18 am ET

Post-consumer plastic bottle recycling tonnage increased by another 4.3 percent last year, continuing what is now a growth spurt that's lasted more than two decades.

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Plastics-to-oil could be worth billions, ACC report says


October 9, 2014 11:36 am ET

Creating a viable waste plastics-to-oil industry in this county could be worth $9 billion annually, according to a new report from the American Chemistry Council.

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Truce? ACC, US Green Building Council agree to work together on LEED


August 28, 2014 12:08 pm ET

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Aug. 27 that they will be working together on a new initiative that applies science-based approaches to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...

North American Plastics Alliance celebrates three years, and welcomes Anipac


August 20, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Three years ago, the three leading plastics industry associations in the U.S. and Canada formally joined forces to create the North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA). Although we already were cooperating on many issues, we agreed that by memorializing a commitment to work together we could create efficiencies and be more effective as...

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Study: Burning plastics could recover energy now lost in landfills


July 9, 2014 1:37 pm ET

Burning all of the trash now sent to U.S. landfills, plastics included, could create enough energy to power 14 million homes, according to a new study.

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Solid PS prices fall 1 cent


July 3, 2014 10:20 am ET

North American prices for solid polystyrene resin fell again in June amid weak demand for that material.

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SPI joins The Recycling Partnership


July 1, 2014 2:12 pm ET

The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. trade group is signing on with the new The Recycling Partnership program aimed at boosting recycling through targeted public-private efforts.

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