Plastics Recycling Update

February 17, 2012

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1 | EPA works to explain shifting recycling rate

The Environmental Protection Agency has found itself having to explain recent changes that dramatically altered its calculation of the PET recycling rate.


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2 | Plastics Recycling 2012: Innovative technologies for today and tomorrow

Each year the Plastics Recycling Conference explores cutting edge developments in plastics recycling technology. Three new technologies are profiled in this session. Nextlife has developed a new, proprietary film-to-film processing system which will add an additional 15 million pounds of annual production capacity to its Frankfort, Kentucky facility. In this presentation you will learn more about this new technology which converts plastic waste typically destined for landfill into consumer products and packaging applications.

Additionally, Keith Vorst (California Polytechnic State University) will share details on the brand new technology for PET flake auditing and testing and Dr. Girish Bhatt of Bepex International will describe relevant processing technologies developed and commercialized by Bepex for food contact applications for post-consumer PET packaging.

Don't miss the 2012 Plastics Recycling Conference, to be held March 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit

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3 | Significant new industry initiative to push recycling forward

Under the banner of Action to Accelerate Recycling, nearly 80 corporate, trade group, environmental and governmental leaders met for two days last week near Dallas to devise a plan to push recycling levels higher.


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4 | PetroChem Wire: HDPE buyers wary, prices stable

Uncertainty about prime grade polyethylene pricing in January kept recycled PE prices from further erosion in the beginning of 2012 despite tepid demand from some end-use markets.


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5 | Bag and film report authors respond to criticism

The controversy around the recently released National Postconsumer Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Report continues, with Moore Recycling Associates and the American Chemistry Council both defending the report from criticism.


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6 | Patent watch

Several patents and patent applications have recently been published, relating to advances in plastics recycling.


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7 | PRC 2012: Discount registration ends March 1

Register today for the Plastics Recycling 2012 Conference and receive the early bird registration rate of $465! While you're catching the early worm and saving money, conference attendees will receive the special discounted conference rate of $169 plus taxes for single/double occupancy at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Click here to book your room before the hotel fills up!

Don't miss the 2012 Plastics Recycling Conference, to be held March 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit

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8 | Upcoming conferences & webinars

Click here for a complete directory of upcoming conferences and webinars!

9 | Jobs Available & Sought

Purchasing Account Executive, BoRec America, Inc. (Flexible Location).
Details are available here.

Plastics Business Development, Continental Waste Management LLC (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Details are available here.

Jobs Sought
Database of job seekers available here.

If you would like to submit a job available or job sought listing, send an email to newsletter editor Henry Leineweber at

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