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America plastic makers invite collaboration with Congress to create circular and sustainable systems

November 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- As part of its recognition of America Recycles Day, Americas plastic makers called on Congress to work with industry to prioritize recycling legislation in 2021, said Americanchemistry.

"The plastics industry has set an ambitious goal of reusing, recycling or recovering 100% of plastic packaging in the U.S. by 2040, said Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). All of us have an interest in ensuring that plastics are collected and recycled into new and valuable products instead of ending up in our environment, and success will require many forms of collaboration. We look forward to working with Congress on ways to create more circular solutions for plastics. Last month we released a Roadmap to Reuse, a framework that outlines steps to grow recycling and recovery in the U.S., and guiding principles for eliminating plastic waste that can help shape legislation and other actions to help grow recycling and recovery of plastics."

Multiple approaches are outlined in our guiding principles to help grow and modernize plastics recycling domestically, including: National standards for recycling programs, education, and plastic bales, to harmonize best practices and greatly scale buying and selling of recycled plastics;

Multi-material packaging fees and higher disposal fees to support funding for basic collection, access to infrastructure and consumer education;

Recycled content legislation, which would help facilitate greater use of recycled plastics in new packaging and other goods;

Earlier in 2020, ACC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy to support innovations in plastics recycling and recovery technologies and strengthen domestic supply chains while improving economic and environmental outcomes. ACC also works closely with other partners including The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Partners and the Association of Plastic Recyclers on a variety of plastics recycling projects.

As MRC informed earlier, Swedish polymer product and component maker Nolato Group has completed its acquisition of U.S. medical technology company GW Plastics. First announced in August 2020, the deal sees GW Plastics seven global manufacturing facilities joining Nolatos 25-plus facilities around the world. Bethel, Vermont-based GW Plastics has also subsequently rebranded to Nolato GW Inc.

We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in September 2020 by 6.7% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased by 6.1% year on year in the first nine months of 2020, according to Rosstat's data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-September output. Last month's production of primary polymers decreased to 852,000 tonnes from 888,000 tonnes in August due to shutdowns in Tomsk, Ufa and Kazan. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 7,480,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 16.4%  year on year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, neftegaz, petrochemistry.
Category:General News
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