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PureCycle Technologies, in partnership with consumer goods company P&G, hosted a ribbon-cutting for a plant that will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality with a recycling method that is one of a kind. The new plant will enable consumers to purchase more products made from recycled plastic.

GreenMantra Technologies, a clean technology company that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be used toward construction of a demonstration plant that will convert waste polystyrene into modified styrenic polymers for use in inks, foam insulation and other applications.

The World Plastics Council (WPC) welcomes the Marine Litter Action Plan released by the G20 and commends states for their commitment to reduce marine litter and its impacts by 2025. “This urgent issue requires all of us working together and we look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge”, said WPC Chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC.

Nestlé Waters North America, a beverage manufacturer, has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyle instruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé® Pure Life® as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring®, Deer Park®, Ice Mountain®, Zephyrhills®, Ozarka® and Arrowhead®.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched a sustainability advisory board, which will include members who represent the association’s key councils and committees.

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz (CD5) and Bob Blumenfield (CD3) introduced a motion calling on the City of Los Angeles to take the lead after SB-705 (Allen) proposed state ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam) stalled. Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin seconded the motion that asks for the Department of Sanitation to provide a feasibility study of banning polystyrene foam from the city.

Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News