PFPW.NEWS – May 2, 2020

Contents
~   Plastic Industry 2040 Goal: Recycle or Recover All Plastic Packaging
~   Postconsumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Soda Bottles – $100 Million over Ten Years Pledged to Recovery and Reuse Projects
~   Plastic Waste is the Focus of the May 2020 issue of Physics World Magazine
~   Un-Recycled Plastic Food Packaging is Filling Up Wisconsin Landfills
~   Location of Macro Size Plastic Particles in the Ocean – Use of Satellites

Plastic Industry 2040 Goal: Recycle or Recover All Plastic Packaging – On April 30, 2020, the American Chemistry Council changed the name of its Chemical Recycling Alliance to the Advanced Recycling Alliance for Plastics (ARAP) to reflect its growing membership and variety of members’ advanced recycling technologies  – “… ARAP is at the forefront in representing the rapidly growing advanced recycling and recovery sector for plastics … Advanced plastics recycling is one of the fastest growing solutions to America’s plastic waste concerns, and will help the plastics industry realize its goal of recycling or recovering all plastic packaging by 2040 … Advanced plastics recycling and recovery technologies can create a wide range of products from post-use, recovered plastics, such as plastic and chemical feedstocks, transportation fuels, and crude oil …” #Recycling #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticPackaging

Postconsumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Soda Bottles – $100 Million over Ten Years Pledged to Recovery and Reuse Projects – According to April 30, 2020 Waste360 story  American Beverage Association members Coca-Cola, Keurig, Dr Pepper and PepsiCo have allocated $100 million over ten years across multiple cities in a partnership with The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Partners and the World Wildlife Fund to “… support a new ABA initiative to return postconsumer plastic bottles to the supply chain to make new bottles … the partners are starting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to increase collection, recycling and processing of plastic bottles … In Fort Worth … citizens will be educated on how to recycle and reduce contamination. In Dallas, the effort will be aimed at improving access to collection in multifamily housing and providing community education. Across the entire North Central Texas Council of governments … a public service campaign will be undertaken to educate residents on best recycling practices …” #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste #PolyethyleneTerephthalate

Plastic Waste is the Focus of the May 2020 issue of Physics World Magazine – Physics World, the monthly magazine of the Institute of Physics  has devoted its May 2020 issue  to “… the challenges of plastic waste … Finding ways to reduce, track and recycle the mountains of plastic waste consumed and disposed of each year …” – One section addresses “ … The search for the missing plastic – There is a huge amount of plastic waste polluting our oceans – but we don’t know where it is … What are scientists are doing to find the missing plastic? …” – Another section addresses “… Plastic that doesn’t cost the Earth – The vast increase in unwanted plastic pollution has galvanized scientists and innovators around the world to develop ingenious approaches to reuse, retrieve and recycle plastic …” – Future issues will be wrapped in paper; not plastic as explained here:  #PhysicsWorld #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling #FoodPackaging

Un-Recycled Plastic Food Packaging is Filling Up Wisconsin Landfills – According to an April 23, 2020 Madison, Wisconsin TV station WKOW 27 story  “… Over the past decade… Many products have moved from cans and cardboard boxes to plastic packaging. That change is adding to the already troublesome plastic waste problem landfills are facing all over Wisconsin … A good example of a change in the industry is tuna fish. It used to be packaged in tin cans, but now we are seeing companies use plastic pouches instead … those pouches and most chip and other snack bags are made from multi-layered plastics that can’t be recycled … More people are grocery shopping and eating at home, leading to more plastic bags and food packaging thrown away …” – #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #WKOW

Location of Macro Size Plastic Particles in the Ocean – Use of Satellites
– According to an April 23, 2020 Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK news release laboratory scientists “… analysed data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellites … [demonstrating] for the first time that aggregated patches of plastics floating in coastal waters can be detected by satellites … aggregations of plastic particles were … distinguishable from naturally occurring floating materials … [This] is the first step towards developing an operational method of detecting floating plastic patches in waters all over the world … The team will continue to refine the technique to further increase its accuracy in detecting floating plastic patches in turbid coastal waters, and large river systems … This method will hopefully provide a stepping stone for satellites and drones to be used to tackle the marine plastics problem at the end of the product lifecycle … we will only ever make meaningful progress if we also tackle the source and reduce the amount of plastics produced …” #MacroPlastic #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic