Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET 11-01-2021
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Premier Surplus automates E-waste processing with TOMRA AUTOSORT® FINES to take efficiencies to the next level
Electronics waste processing is extremely challenging. The material feed landscape is ever-changing with varied circuit board colors and multiple types of plastics used in electronics. “Manufacturers are producing green, yellow, blue and red circuit boards, and we even see some black circuit boards now,” comments Phillip Kennedy, VP of Premier Surplus, Dawsonville, Ga. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
For this reason, the material recovery division for Premier Surplus manually sorted the varied material stream, ultimately focusing on the high-valued product, printed circuit boards (PCBs). “We are urban mining,” he adds, “searching for gold, copper, aluminum, steel and plastics, so they are not sent to the landfill.”
Brexit has always been a question of damage limitation for the chemicals sector, according to the head of the UK’s chemicals trade body.
New regulations have come into play as of the 1 January after a deal was agreed at the eleventh hour, swerving the possibility of a no-deal exit at the end of 2020.
While avoiding quotas and a £1bn annual hit in tariffs is a relief to the chemicals industry, the CEO of the UK’s CIA trade body said the devil is in the detail in around the rules of origin. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
Steve Elliott urged chemicals producers to study the agreement.
Elliott was speaking at the ICIS Brexit webinar ‘UK Chemicals stand alone in a post-Brexit world’, in which he addressed what would happen to the country’s industry following its exit from the EU.
Convenience, community and digital experiences hit beverage container recycling
With alarming growth in plastic pollution worldwide, and particular concern over waste from single-use beverage containers, the recycling space is driving forward new innovations to make returning bottles and cans more motivating and efficient.
This is especially true at global resources sustainability company and reverse vending leader TOMRA. TOMRA has reverse vending installations in more than 60 markets across the globe, and a long history of reverse vending innovation: from inventing the world’s first fully-automated reverse vending machine (RVM), to pioneering the first 360-degree instant recognition system for containers, and the first Internet of Things (IoT) platform and consumer app for reverse vending. As the calendar turns to a new year, Gudbrand Arnesen, Head of Product & Solution Management at TOMRA Collection Solutions, shares eight of the latest innovations in reverse vending. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
The global economy is expected to expand by 4 per cent in 2021, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year, according to the World Bank, which recently said a recovery, however, will likely be subdued unless policy makers move decisively to tame the pandemic and implement investment-enhancing reforms.
The bank, in its latest Global Economic Prospects report, said in India, the pandemic hit the economy at a time when growth was already decelerating. Output is estimated to contract by 9.6 per cent in fiscal 2020-21, reflecting a sharp drop in household spending and private investment. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
Growth in India is expected to recover to 5.4 per cent in 2021 as the rebound from a low base is offset by muted private investment growth given financial sector weaknesses.
Crude oil prices surged nearly 8 percent during the week to hit their highest level in nearly a year yesterday, supported by Saudi Arabia’s pledge to cut output and strong gains in major equity markets. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
So the Brent crude oil prices climbed 8.1 percent during the week to settle at 55.99 dollars a barrel. US crude gained 7.7 per cent to also close at 52.24 dollars a barrel, its highest level since February.
Saudi Arabia this week pledged extra, voluntary oil output cuts of 1 million barrels per day in February and March as part of a deal under which most OPEC Plus producers will hold production steady during new lockdowns.
“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” – a household phrase you’ve probably heard over and again either through school, from awareness campaigns or even on TV.
This commonly used phrase is one expected to enthusiastically and optimistically drive the mind-sets of those listening, to essentially do the right thing and help efforts to save the environment. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
In Sri Lanka, waste segregation and management is a topic that has been gradually building up notoriety due to inefficiencies and lack of proper implementation. The Western Province alone generates around 7,500 metric tons of solid waste every day of which only 3,500 metric tons are collected (Central Environmental Authority, 2018).
Over the past few years, we’ve seen these poor practices result in overcrowded landfills, environmental deterioration and even economic drawbacks. Perfectly recyclable materials go to waste due to poor disposal, segregation and management practices across all stakeholders, from homes to municipalities and local authorities.
As polylactic acid becomes an increasingly established material option, demand has soared. For almost two decades, NatureWorks has been the driving force behind the development of this market. Leah Ford, Global Marketing Communications manager for NatureWorks explained to Sustainable Plastics how well its renewably-sourced material fits into today’s circular ambitions, offering functionality and sustainability. “New applications are just starting to really grow,” says Ford.Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
Q: Back in 2002, NatureWorks built the first commercial facility for PLA production in the world. Since then, there have not been many competitors enter this market. Why is that?
Ford: For a little over 15 years, NatureWorks was the sole, global supplier of PLA at a commercial-scale, and in the early years our capacity was enough to supply the market. Entry into this market requires significant investment and expertise in manufacturing PLA at scale, and this is still a relatively new process compared to petrochemical-based plastics that have been optimized for well over 60 years.
An integrated PLA complex is three distinct facilities: lactic acid fermentation, lactide monomer production, and PLA polymer production that need to be brought together for efficient, quality, economically viable manufacturing.
An INEOS Styrolution research and development project reported an overall energy savings of up to 67% through the life cycle of a new styrenics polymer compound. The comparison styrenics compound was traditional Polyamide 12 (PA12).
The massive savings derived from the new material benefits manufacturers and customers alike, let alone the wider environmental benefits supplied by energy-efficient products.
This research breakthrough comes as Joseph Biden Jr.‘s democratic party takes control of the United States’ Senate, a major breakthrough for environmentalists.
Biden has promised a major infusion of government funds into green technologies in the coming years. With control of Congress now assured for two years, congressional Democrats will be able to implement the incoming President’s plans.
This news, moreover, occurs in conjunction with sustained European Union efforts to fund green AM projects. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
Unilever and the Alibaba Group have created an Al-enabled recycling system that automatically identifies and sorts plastic packaging. Its aim is to speed high-grade plastic back into the circular economy and move China’s companies and consumers towards a waste-free world. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET
Unilever has joined forces with the Alibaba Group to launch the country’s first large-scale closed-loop plastic recycling system.
The joint initiative – called Waste-Free World – is part of Unilever’s drive to tackle the root cause of plastic waste and think differently about packaging.
As a company we have set a goal to halve our use of virgin plastic, cut plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes and accelerate our use of recycled plastic by 2025.
The initiative is part of that drive and an active response to the Shanghai government’s plan to create a plastic packaging management system that can be used country-wide to promote a more circular economy.
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