Plastic waste Single-use plastics 29-12-2021

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Canadian government moving forward with single-use plastics ban

The Canadian government has released draft regulations to ban six kinds of “harmful” single-use plastic items in Canada: straws and stir sticks, six-pack rings, grocery bags, cutlery, and difficult-to-recycle takeout containers, said Canplastics.

But the draft rules – available at this link – also include an exemption that would allow Canadian manufacturers to continue making these items, so long as they’re intended for export. Plastic waste Single-use plastics

Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the draft regulations in a Dec. 21 joint statement.

According to the statement, the regulations would prevent an estimate of more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic pollution from entering the environment over a ten-year period, which is the equivalent of one million garbage bags of litter.

The statement said the new rules could come into effect sometime at the end of 2022. There may also be a transition period to allow restaurants and other businesses to get used to the new rules, which could push the date back even further. A final decision on when the rules will come into force will be made after the government has considered the comments received during the consultation period, which is open until March 5, 2022. “The Government of Canada will soon publish draft guidance to help businesses adapt to the requirements of the proposed regulations,” the statement said. Plastic waste Single-use plastics

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-Eastman’s big response to the big, big problem of plastic waste

For most of the 20th Century, Eastman Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film – back in 1976 it had an 89% market share of all U.S. photographic film sales. Plastic waste Single-use plastics

The company began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of film and also its slowness in shifting to digital – despite having invented the core technology used in current digital cameras, as well as having amassed a vast portfolio of some 10,000 patents.

By that time, however, Eastman Chemical – the Kodak subsidiary founded by George Eastman in 1920 to supply Kodak’s chemical needs – had already been spun off as a separate corporation and now stands as a leading Fortune 500 company in its own right, with 14,500 employees globally and annual sales of around $8.5 billion.

Plastic-to-plastic

In January this year, Eastman announced plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities at its huge complex in Kingsport, Tennessee, with completion expected in 2022.

Through methanolysis, this world-scale facility will convert over 100,000 metric tons of plastic waste that cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods annually into new specialty plastics.Plastic waste Single-use plastics

At INDA’s RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) conference, which took place from September 28-30, Jon Woods, Eastman’s general manager for textiles and nonwovens, outlined the extent of the waste plastic problem and his company’s development of a number of solutions in response to it.

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