WASHINGTON - PET soft drink bottles are the second-most recycled containers in the United States, and the rate at which they are recycled is increasing more than any material. A survey by Washington-based National Soft Drink Association, which represents firms that produce 95 percent of the soft drinks in the United States, said 48.6 percent of all PET soft drink bottles shipped in 1994 were recycled. That compared to 65.4 percent for aluminum cans, and 35 percent for glass bottles.
PET recycling grew 7.6 percent in 1994 from 1993, faster than the 2.3 percent growth for aluminum. Glass recycling rates remained the same in 1994.
Noregian facility begins operating
SKIEN, NORWAY - Retroplast AS has opened its new plastics recycling plant in Skien.
The company, a joint venture of Borealis AS, of Lyngby, Denmark, Norsk Hydro AS of Oslo, Norway, and the Norwegian State Industrial and Regional Development Fund, has capacity to reprocess 13.2 million pounds at the facility, with the ability to boost production to 17.6 million pounds eventually.
The plant also will mold pallets and extrude sheet for agricultural and other applications from commingled scrap plastics. It will employ 16 workers initially and 30 at full production.
New California MRF includes plastic line
REDDING, CALIF. - The city of Redding has opened its new materials recovery facility, including a plastics recycling line.
The plastic line features a Model 45 Plasticycler washer/dryer, shredder, two aspirators and a granulator from Plasticycle Industries Inc. of Eau Claire, Wis. The line's capacity is 500-1,000 pounds per hour, depending on the type of plastic.
University center to develop process
EVANSTON, ILL. - The industrial research laborabory at Northwestern University of Evanston opened a Polymer Reclamation Center to develop recycling technology and show a recycling process called solid-state shear extrusion pulverization.
In addition to one-day workshops on the process, the center will feature a first-of-its-kind H. Berstorff twin-screw extruder, which pulverizes mixed scrap into powders usable in molding and other processes.
Klementina Khait, head of PRC and developer of the process, has touted it as a way of using commingled waste.
System cleans oil used in machinery
CLEVELAND - Cleaning hydraulic oil for the U.S. Navy has led an Indiana company to innovations for the plastics industry.
Stanley Nash, vice president of Analytic Systems Laboratories Inc. of Merrillville, Ind., said the company's Finite Particle Removal System was developed to clean the hydraulic and other lubricating fluids on the Navy's nuclear submarines.
``They have very tight requirements, as you can imagine,'' Nash said in an interview at Plastics Fair Cleveland, held June 13-15.
The system, which can be bolted straight onto fluid reservoirs, or comes in a portable model, charges the particles in the oils in an opposite polarity. When the particles attach to each other, the system collects them in a polyolefin foam.
``Essentially it is a little dialysis machine,'' Nash said. ``Our tests show that once the oils are cleaned, they help an injection molding machine, for instance, run more efficiently, which results in less downtime, and cost savings.''
New AERT product combines cedar, PE
ROGERS, ARK. - Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc., based in Rogers, is producing a new brand of composite lumber that combines heartwood cedar and post-consumer polyethylene.
ChoiceDek will be produced at the AERT plant in Junction, Texas, and will be distributed by Weyerhauser Building Materials Distribution, a division of Tacoma, Wash.-based Weyerhauser Inc.
Munchy Ltd. rings up sales at Brazil show
ASTON HILL, ENGLAND - Munchy Ltd., an English manufacturer of small granulators and grinders, said it sold five machines, valued at $700,000 during Brasilplast '95 in SÃo Paulo, Brazil.
The company displayed its aqua-cooled P55 mini-Munchy system at the May event, reclaiming polypropylene reel and edge trim.