Plastics Recycling Update

May 18, 2012

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1 | Illinois scrap plastic theft bill gains momentum

The Illinois House of Representatives is getting ready to vote on a measure that would require sellers of bulk plastic containers to show proof of ownership when selling them to scrap dealers.


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2 | RR Conference 2012: How to get more materials recovered

Three noteworthy organizations have sprung up in the last year, all aimed at boosting packaging recycling rates through industry-driven initiatives. This compelling panel features key members of each organization who will share these group's goals and strategies for getting more materials recycled.

Under the banner of Action to Accelerate Recycling, 90 corporate, trade group, environmental and governmental leaders met in February to devise a plan to push packaging recycling levels higher. With such an impressive array of powerful members from all across the supply chain, this voluntary, action oriented initiative has the potential to drastically impact the national recycling landscape. But how do they plan to achieve their ambitious goals? Learn more about this brand-new endeavor from Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa.

AMERIPEN is a new packaging trade organization with a special focus on how public policies impact the packaging value chain. Representing the broad interests of the industry — including raw material producers, packaging manufacturers, packaging users and fillers, retailers and material recovery organizations — this new organization is poised to become an integral center for influencing environmental packaging issues related to legislation and regulation.

Recycling Reinvented is a brand-new nonprofit organization committed to advancing recycling rates of waste packaging and printed material in the United States through an extended producer responsibility (EPR) model. The product of a dialogue process initiated by Nestle Waters North America and convened by Future 500, you don't want to miss Recycling Reinvented's executive director, Paul Gardner, as he outlines how the new organization will strive for brand owners of packaging and printed materials to cover the cost of managing their products.

Don't miss this critical, forward-thinking session moderated by Scott Cassel, founder and CEO of the Product Stewardship Institute. For more information on the 2012 Resource Recycling Conference, to be held at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas, August 28-29, including information on the Hilton Austin, session topics and the agenda, or exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please visitw or click on the banner below.

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3 | Study examines non-recycled plastics conversion tech

A study finds considerable energy and greenhouse gas savings using various conversion technologies for non-recyclable plastics instead of landfilling them — and finds those same technologies are close to being commercially viable.


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4 | PetroChem Wire: Regrind polypropylene moved marginally higher in April

Flake grade recycled polypropylene edged up a penny in April for some grades, with homopolymer mixed color material firmly in the upper 40 cents per pound range. Homopolymer and copolymer PP pellets held steady in the mid-to-upper 60s cents per pound range as the market remained transfixed by movements in the monomer and virgin grade PP markets.


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5 | California plans on 75 percent recycling rate by 2020

A California state agency has unveiled a new white paper on how the Golden State can reach a 75-percent recycling rate by 2020 that's called for by law.


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6 | NewsBits

Plastic bags and new methods of recycling are highlighted in this week's NewsBits


7 | Upcoming conferences & webinars

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

8 | Jobs Available & Sought

MRF Manager II, Waste Management (Denver, Colorado).
Details are available here.

Plant Maintenance Manager, Waste Management (Auburn, Washington).
Details are available here.

Manager, Operations Improvement II, Waste Management (Kirkland, Washington).
Details are available here.

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.

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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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