RM—JUNE 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

VOL. 58, NO. 12

“Serving The Industry For More Than Fifty Years”

Pilot Program Recycles Plastic Packaging by Greg Kishbaugh T he Materials Recovery For the Future (MRFF) consortium last week released a new pilot research report demonstrating the successful collection, separation and preparation for recycling of flexible plastic packaging

EPA Hosts Recycling Webinar During a webinar hosted by the U.S. En- vironmental Protection Agency June 10, five speakers shared their insights on the ways to stimulate and advance a more cir- cular economy. The speakers who work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), included Cheryl Coleman, Ron Vance and Ksenija Janjic.Association of Plastic Recy- clers President and CEO Steve Alexander also spoke, as well as Judy Sheahan with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Strong Recycling First, Coleman spoke about the need for strong recycling across the country, add- ing that the industry contributes more than $36 billion in wages and 750,000 jobs. “Most Americans want to recycle, but confusion exists about how to recy- cle,”Coleman said. This year, Coleman said the EPA would like to create more national recycling goals with stakeholders through more ed- ucation and outreach, enhancing material management infrastructure, strengthen- ing secondary material markets and en- hancing measurement.

(FPP).The pilot, reportedly the first of its kind in the United States, was performed in partnership with J.P. Mascaro & Sons at the TotalRecycle Material

Recovery Facility (MRF) located in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and under- written by the MRFF.

The report, Flexible Packaging Recycling in Material Recovery Fa- cilities Pilot prepared by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) demonstrates that with adequate optical sorting capacity and peripherals, FPP can be efficient- ly captured in a large single-stream MRF and processed into a commodity bale, known as rFlex, for reuse in a vari- ety of markets while diverting plastic from landfills. The report also identifies more than a dozen end market opportuni- ties for the captured FPP. Building envelope products like roofing ma- terials represent the highest volume and most immediate end market opportunities. Other high-volume opportunities for using rFlex are pallets and railroad ties, where recycled plastic can serve as a more durable alternative to traditional wood. The five pilot performance goals include: • Reduce the amount of FPP going into fiber products, even with increased FPP in feedstocks.

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Inside Sanitation Yard COVID-19 Outbreak Halts Service.....................................2

NWRA Applauds Introduction Of PPP Flexibility Bill...........................5

Un i l e v e r I s s u e s Emi s s i on s Reduction Target..............................9

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