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More advances continue to take place in chemical recycling. Henkel has produced Perwoll bottles using chemically recycled plastic in collaboration with packaging manufacturer Alpla—this pilot project is part of the ChemCycling project led by BASF.

“We see huge potential for chemical recycling to complement conventional mechanical recycling,” said Thorsten Leopold, head of international packaging development home care at Henkel. “Mechanical recycling is limited by the fact that not all plastic waste can be reprocessed into useable material. Thanks to chemical recycling, fossil resources can be replaced with recycled material made from plastic waste. This project is an important additional step towards creating a circular economy for plastic – on this basis we are evaluating further opportunities for integrating chemically recycled plastic in our product packaging.”

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In four short months, the injection molding industry will gather in Chicago for Molding 2020—the 30th edition of the all-things-molding conference and exhibit. From March 17-19 at the Westin Chicago Lombard, the full spectrum of the molding industry—from OEMS, designers, molders, and moldmakers to the suppliers of the software, equipment and materials they need—will be on hand to share knowledge and connect.

The preliminary agenda has been finalized and portions of it can be found on the conference web site. In terms of tracks, Molding 2020 will organize speakers by numerous broad-ranging topics, including:

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Now in mid-fourth quarter, it appears that there’s a consensus that a buyers market best characterizes at the very least the five volume commodity resin markets, with a downslide in pricing for nearly all.

Here’s a recent takeaway at how our industry colleagues with pricing expertise view things for each of the five major commodity volume resins. They include purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire; and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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Long-time competitors Coca-Cola Co., Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo all joined together to announce the launch of the Every Bottle Back initiative, a new effort to improve the collection of plastic bottles so they can be made into new bottles. These competitors are coming together to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing to consumers the value of their 100% recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don’t end up as waste in oceans, rivers or landfills.

This program is being executed in conjunction with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who will provide strategic scientific advice to help measure the industry’s progress in reducing its plastic footprint. The Recycling Partnership and Closed Loop Partners will also assist in deploying funds for the initiative.

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Eastman Chemical has partnered with Circular Polymers, a company that reclaims post-consumer waste products for recycling, on recycling post-consumer carpet. Through this agreement, Eastman has secured a consistent source of feedstock for carbon renewal technology, a chemical recycling method that recently began commercial operation at Eastman's primary manufacturing site in Kingsport, Tenn.

Tim Dell, vice president of corporate innovation for Eastman, told Plastics Technology that for several months, the company has been conducting research and engaging with external parties on attractive sources of waste plastic feedstock for its chemical recycling technologies. He says that post-consumer carpet came to their attention pretty quickly, as more than 3 billion pounds are generated annually, with only a 5% recycling rate.

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