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Scavenging: The “Informal” Part of Recycling 1

Has been published Monday, June 25, 2012

Although it’s more common to focus on controlled, industrial processes behind recycling, there’s also a lot of less-visible activity behind the scenes in many parts of the world: the activity of scavengers who sift through... find more
Categories: recycling,   Tags: recycling, scavenging,   Author: Mike Tolinski

Making Contamination Less Contaminating

Has been published Friday, June 15, 2012

Along with collection and sorting issues, the level of contamination in postconsumer recyclable plastics can make or break the bottom line of recycling operations. But contamination issues are gradually being negated through new technologies... find more

You can make bioplastics from... (part 5)

Has been published Thursday, June 7, 2012

Here “bioplastics” is broadly defined. To accommodate recent developments, I may need to change the title of this series of updates to include “bio-based materials for plastics or plastic-like materials,” though... find more

Building Plastics-to-Oil, While Polymer Recycling Remains Incomplete 2

Has been published Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I’ve been reminded of a family relative we used to visit when I was young as I've read the numerous reports lately about progress in developing plastics waste-to-oil (that is, pyrolysis) methods for recovering value from waste... find more

BPA: It Won’t Go Away 1

Has been published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

(And by “It” in the above headline, I mean both the chemical for plastics and the debate about it...)   One reviewer of my recent book on plastics and sustainability wanted me to have covered more about issues with... find more
Categories: sustainable plastics, bpa,   Tags: bpa, polycarbonate, epoxy, copolyester,   Author: Mike Tolinski

Polystyrene: A Rollercoaster Ride of Good & Bad News

Has been published Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Followers of polystyrene-related news lately have been taken on a rollercoaster ride of positive- and negative-sounding reports (by comparison, the resin’s pricing trends seem relatively stable). First some bad news:   Toxicity?:... find more

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