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PT Article Plastic Bag Bans: The Trend That Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop?
On April 28, the European Parliament gave its final approval for the previously agreed legislation to reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags. More (+)
PT Article About 87% of Overall Waste Was Recycled At NPE2015
Commercial Plastics Recycling collected, sorted and recycled 191 tons of processing scrap. More (+)
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Recycling & Scrap Reclamation


Processors of all types try to avoid generating scrap, but when it is used it generally is re-used by putting it back into the process. Scrap generally falls within two categories: post-industrial and post-consumer. Industrial scrap includes off-spec parts, sprues and the like, and is usually reduced in size by devices such as granulators, shredders and pulverizers and re-fed into the machine. In post-consumer operations, recyclers take in bags, bottles and other end products. These are ultimately washed and pelletized and either sold by a recycler to processors or reprocessed into parts.

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