Surging California economy vaulted to world’s 6th largest in 2015

California, along with Oregon, had the nation’s highest rate of economic growth in 2015 and has vaulted to sixth largest economy in the world.  The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says that California’s economy expanded by 5.7 percent in 2015, second only to Oregon’s 5.9 percent in nominal terms and tied with Oregon at 4.1 percent in constant dollars.  The BEA pegged the state’s economic output last year at $2.46 trillion and with several of its international rivals, particularly Brazil and France, experiencing slumps, that would place California at sixth place, behind only the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. The state had been the eighth largest economy, and passed France and Brazil with the release of the latest report.  BY DAN WALTERS  See Full Story

Source:  Sacramento Bee

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Startup Turns Recycled Plastic into 3D Printing Filament

Reflow converts recyclable plastic into 3D printing filament using open source technology. Reflow filament is made from recycled PET bottles collected in developing regions, and revenues from the filament go back to the waste collectors who gather these bottles, which the company claims can increase their income by up to 20 times.  By: Heather Caliendo  See Full Story

Source: WasteAdvantage

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NYC bag fee delayed after action from state lawmakers

The battle over plastic bags in New York City isn’t over yet.  City leaders have agreed to delay the imposition of a 5-cent charge for thin plastic bags from October of this year to February 2017.  The New York Times reports city officials will work to modify the legislation to satisfy concerns from state legislators.  State lawmakers in Albany recently advanced bills prohibiting cities from imposing fees on carry-out bags. The bills were supported by New York City-area Democratic lawmakers who expressed concerns about the financial impacts to low-income residents.  By Editorial Staff  View Full Article 

Source:  Plastics Recycling Update

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Register for the WPA 2016 conference now!

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Either online: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WPLS or by Phone: Call the Hyatt central reservation line at (888) 421-1442 and reference the Western Plastics Association room block

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CT lawmakers consider action on plastic bags and packaging EPR

A Connecticut bill sits in uncharted territory when it comes to regulating plastic bags: The legislation ensures they’re recyclable and include recycled content, but it does not ban them.Legislation_binder / docstockmedia, Shutterstock

As a result, the bag industry, which has fought tooth and nail to halt bag bans in other states, has signaled its willingness to consider the approach offered by Senate Bill 226, theHartford Courant reports.  By Editorial Staff  Read Full Story Here

Source:  Plastics Recycling Update

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Can we solve the flexible film recovery puzzle?

Multilayer, mixed-material flexible film packaging is a sustainability conundrum. Lighter in weight, using less material, and resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than alternative packaging formats such as glass, aluminum, and rigid plastic, flexibles seem like the most eco-friendly packaging choice. But, unlike glass, aluminum, and rigid plastic, mixed-material flexible film* cannot be recovered at end of life.  

Source:  Packaging World

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Producer responsibility on California’s waste agenda

Norwalk, Calif. — A California agency’s effort to reduce reliance on landfills includes a strategy promoting extended producer responsibility.  That provision makes Sacramento lobbyist Bruce Magnani “nervous,” he said in remarks at the Western Plastics Association’s Nov. 10 dinner meeting in Norwalk.  By   Read Full Story 

Source:  Plastics News

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Reifenhäuser Blown Film is boosting quality and flexibility in the production of high-quality barrier films on 11-layer line

The need for barrier film is growing worldwide and so are the requirements for film properties in high-quality barrier packaging applications. Parallel to this, producers are demanding high production flexibility to serve the market with different products. Reifenhäuser Blown Film’s answer to rising performance requirements is the development of a highly flexible and efficient 11-layer blown film line.  See Full Press Release

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Osterman forms JV in Mexico

Resin distributor Osterman & Co. Inc. has formed a joint venture company with Industrial Mafra SA de CV, a distributor of polyethylene resin.  The JV will operate as Osterman Plastics de Mexico S de RL. It is expected to help both firms grow their presence in the Mexican market. In a July 30 news release, officials with Cheshire, Conn.-based Osterman said that the JV is “creating a fast, direct line between supply and demand.”  By     Read Full Story

Source:  Plastics News

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Federal bill would create zero waste grant program

Recycling interests are applauding a bill in Congress that would authorize a grant program to fund waste reduction, recycling and reuse efforts.  The Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) calls for creating a U.S. EPA grant program, which would fund local government efforts to deploy technology, invest in infrastructure and conduct outreach in support of waste reduction, recycling and reuse.  It was introduced July 28 by Minneapolis-area Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and referred to the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee.  Read Full Story

Source:  Resource Recycling

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