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6 Innovative Technologies That Could Boost Plastics Recycling

Americans recycle 6.3 billion pounds of plastics per year. While that’s an impressive number, there still is much more work to be done. Fortunately, over time, a steady drumbeat of new technologies has helped streamline the recycling process and increase efficiency … so even more plastics can...

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Plastics Recycling: Poised for Further Growth

Previously published in Plastics Engineering and posted with permission from the Society of Plastics Engineers. A year ago in this publication, an article from Plastics Make it Possible® on plastics recycling in 2014 began: “Plastics recycling is growing. Steadily, broadly, expansively.”...

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Recycled Plastic Lumber: Coming to a Park Near You

When you sit down on a park bench to read, watch kids play, or just chill, do you ever really notice what you’re sitting on? That bench could be made with recycled plastics. Park benches, playground equipment, and even backyard decks and furniture made with recycled plastics have become...

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Can We Double Plastic Film Recycling by 2020?

Previously published in Plastics Engineering and posted with permission from the Society of Plastics Engineers. The recycling of plastic wraps and bags is relatively new, but it’s growing very rapidly. We Americans recycled a bit more than 1.2 billion pounds of plastic wraps and bags in 2015...

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The Recycling Journey of a Plastic Bottle

What happens to all those plastic bottles you recycle? When you want to help the environment by giving used plastics another life, your first step is tossing it in the recycling bin. But have you ever wondered what happens next to transform your plastics into new packaging, patio chairs, or car bump...

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5 Plastics Recycling Resolutions for a Greener New Year

New Year’s resolutions tend to be focused on self-improvement—shedding pounds, abandoning a bad habit, watching less mindless TV. But if you’re looking to improve yourself and the environment this year, recycling more of your everyday plastics is a great place to start. Like lots of...

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How Do We Measure Sustainability?

Previously published in Plastics Engineering and posted with permission from the Society of Plastics Engineers.  The concept of sustainability at times can feel a bit like a Rorschach test: people may look at the same inkblot, but they often see different things or choose to focus on certain...

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5 Simple Tips for Planning the Perfect Holiday Party

Let’s face it—between shopping, decorating, and travel planning, you’re not exactly sure how you’ll find time to throw that perfect get-together for family and friends. But here’s some good news: plastics have your back. From the decorations to the gifts to the kitchen, plastics make...

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Can We Recycle Flexible Plastic Packaging?

New Research Shows Potential Previously published in Plastics Engineering and posted with permission from the Society of Plastics Engineers. Have you noticed that many “canned” foods are not sold solely in cans anymore? For example, tuna fish is sold in cans and flexible pouches. On your next...

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