FTC Green Guides state that “[i]f any component significantly limits the ability to recycle the item, any recyclable claim would be deceptive. An item that is made from recyclable material, but, because of its shape, size, or some other attribute, is not accepted in recycling programs, should not be marketed as recyclable.” These guidelines should apply to a product such as plastic straws.
An August 2018 study, “Rethinking Single-Use Plastics: Responding to a Sea Change in Consumer Behavior”, states that recycling and sustainability are recent market trends that are here to stay, and that the plastics industry must adapt to these developments.
The report was published by market researchers with Citi, who say there is a potential packaging “battleground” between plastic, paper, metal and glass materials.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is developing new sorting protocols for the recycling industry. These Sorting Potential Protocols will identify packaging that gets lost in the recycling process, and will assess the sorting potential of a packaging as well as test additional components before considering it recyclable.
On June 24, Thailand's Department of Industrial Works issued a prohibition on imports of electronic and plastic waste. The Department will also be proposing "an indefinite ban on these imports in the near future," and officials will soon begin inspecting recycling facilities nationwide.
California-based advocacy group As You Sow has organized $1 trillion in assets into a new Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance, after shareholders began calling upon major consumer product companies to reduce plastic packaging, increase recyclability and aide in the recycling collection process.
As You Sow believes that its community of investors will have a positive influence in raising public and governmental awareness about the problems associated with plastic pollution, especially as it relates to marine litter.
Since the 1970s, the world has come together to focus efforts on local, national and global scales to start a conversation and take care of the earth. This year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, calls for us to focus on reducing our reliance on plastics in everyday life.
In a recent letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) that was obtained and shared by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), it was announced that the terminal was stockpiling scrap materials and, as a result, will temporarily stop accepting all containers of scrap plastic and paper from June 25 through October 15, 2018.
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) stated on May 18 that the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed its announcement that the import of high-grade PET chips as “ordinary goods” is now allowed, as they are in accordance with general trade regulation.
The Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association argued that a tax on plastic would be counterproductive because it would harm the industry – small manufacturers would be especially effected. Investments would be damaged, and there would be less opportunity to create jobs.
In a press release, HPRC stated that their project will examine the physical properties of flexible plastics when processed with different types of compatibilizers applied in different concentrations. A better understanding of these properties will lead recyclers to discover opportunities to compound these materials with other products for resale markets.