Category Archives: Sustainability

WPA Today Fall Edition

The Fall Issue of The WPA Today is available for your review.  This issue is filled with news about the elections, legislative matters and updates on the California Manufacturers Challenge.  Click wpatoday_sept2016 to view.

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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Procter & Gamble Joins National Effort to Recycle Flexible Plastic Wraps, Bags

ACC is pleased to announce that the Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) has joined the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), a self-funded group that is driving unprecedented growth in the recovery of flexible polyethylene (PE) film, wraps and bags. “Optimizing … Read Full Post

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Waste Disposal Rate Remains Low Amid Accelerating Economy

SACRAMENTO – Despite an improving economy in which more material is being produced, bought, and consumed, Californians remain vigilant about keeping waste out of landfills. The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced today that Californians disposed an average … Read Full Post

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New study says plastics is the sustainable packaging choice

Six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials, according to a new study.  Compiled by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry … Read Full Post

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Price volatility marks 2013 for selected recyclables

According to information in Resource Recycling’s market database, price volatility continued unabated in 2013 for recovered packaging materials.  The average price of homopolymer HDPE plastic containers, such as milk jugs, was about 36 cents per pound in the U.S. in … Read Full Post

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CalRecycle lacks funds to analyze plastic-film data

The California agency in charge of overseeing a state law requiring retailers to collect plastic bags and film for recycling says it has no funds to properly track the impact of the law. Despite the abundance of raw data available … Read Full Post

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Oregon to study ways to boost plastics recycling

Oregon is planning an assessment of used plastic in an effort to determine whether recycling rates can be bolstered.  The state captures about 50 percent of its PET beverage containers, according to 2009 statistics from the Container Recycling Institute, thanks … Read Full Post

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Design guidelines push recyclability

A trade group representing plastics recyclers is out with new information to help people understand recyclability design guidelines for packaging and containers.  The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has published design guidelines for 14 years, but the group expects a … Read Full Post

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