PFPW.NEWS – May 6, 2020

~   Plastic Waste – UN Initiative for Asia and Pacific Countries Announced
~   Plastic Waste – Conversion into High-Energy Liquids
~   Plastic Recycling Market Hurt by Market Forces
~   Plastic Waste – Young Adult Education Program Launched by LabX of the National Academy of Sciences

Plastic Waste – UN Initiative for Asia and Pacific Countries Announced – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, on May 5, 2020, launched  a “Closing the Loop” project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Surabaya, Indonesia; Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand and Da Nang, Viet Nam – “… The  project will … leverage innovative technologies such as remote sensing, satellite and crowdsourced data applications to detect and monitor the sources and pathways of plastic waste entering rivers … The project will produce plastic waste maps and simulations … and will train officials and stakeholders … to use smart technologies to monitor, assess, report on and sustainably manage plastic waste as well as further strengthen municipal solid waste management systems. Urban policy makers will also be provided the tools and knowhow to develop policy and investment strategies which apply a circular economy approach in managing their plastic waste streams …” #ESCAP #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Waste – Conversion into High-Energy Liquids – The Department of Energy is seeking Grant Funding applications by June 1, 2020 in its project, titled “Recycle Underutilized Solids to Energy” (REUSE) (DE-FOA-0001953)   – DOE is seeking projects that are “… related to converting high-energy materials currently going into landfills into high-energy content liquid product capable of displacing energy imports used for fuel or chemical production, (2) encourage dialogue amongst those interested in this area, and (3) provide a timetable for submission of full applications … The high-­‐energy materials include plastics (#1-­‐7 polymers, rubber, and composites) and paper … ARPA-­‐E anticipates deployment of multiple low-­‐cost, simple, flexible, small-­‐scale (100-­‐500 ton per day) regional facilities using modular plants …” #WastetoEnergy #PlasticWaste #PlasticPackaging #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Recycling Market Hurt by Market Forces 
– An article posted May 5, 2020 on the home page of Resource Recycling magazine  notes that “… The coronavirus pandemic has piled on top of existing plastics recycling market strife to cause pricing fluctuations and create uncertainty about how end users will meet their sustainability commitments. Recycling markets for nearly all materials have been challenged for the past few years due to shifts in overseas demand. Additional pressure has come from tariffs on recycled materials and other goods, as well as ongoing strife in the freight market. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has added health and safety concerns, employment shortages and a general slowdown in manufacturing … For plastics, the coronavirus impact has come historic drops in oil prices, meaning virgin plastic could be significantly cheaper than recycled resin for the foreseeable future … Recycled plastics markets are going to be pressured by prime prices for at least the next two years …” #Recycling #PlasticWaste #PlasticPackaging #Sustainability #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Waste – Young Adult Education Program Launched by LabX of the National Academy of Sciences 
– LabX, a young adult public engagement program of the National Academy of Sciences, is seeking participants in a May 4 to May 24, 2020 Earth Day “Plastic Games” weekly challenge involving everyday plastic products   – The first challenge is to “… construct a tower made entirely out of plastic products …” following rules specified here  … Submissions are to be judged on their creativity (diversity of plastics, design, aesthetics) and difficulty (height of the tower) … ” – A new challenge will be posted each Monday – Photo or video submissions will be due by Sunday at 5 pm ET – “… Three winners will receive a $20 electronic Visa cash card and the seven players with the highest cumulative points across all three weekly challenges will each win a $50 electronic Visa cash card …” #PlasticWaste #LabX #SingleUsePlastic