Montachem Media Monitoring Report, January 2023

Plastics News

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  1. Governmental and Lobbying:

Recyclers praise ‘powerful’ plastics bill in Washington state

Washington state lawmakers are debating what would be a new approach in U.S. plastics policy — a massive bill combining producer responsibility, recycled-content requirements and bottle deposits — to dramatically raise recycling rates.


  1. Features and News Articles:


Kickstart: Rethinking coffee pods

While the single-use pods popularized by Keurig Dr Pepper have been the target of many people who see them as unnecessarily wasteful, new studies are saying that’s not quite true when you look at the big picture. In fact, a coffee pod may be better for the environment overall vs. standard coffee makers — and that’s without taking into consideration if the coffee drinker recycles their polypropylene pods or uses a reusable pod.

Plastics firms work to eliminate PFAS use as pressure mounts

Wanting to eliminate PFAS, a group of so-called forever chemicals, from plastics and actually eliminating PFAS from plastics are two different things. But Inteplast Engineered Films, the blown film maker, is committing to discontinuing use of the chemicals from production.

Most resins saw prices drop in December

December was warmer than expected in many parts of North America, but it was still a cold month for commodity resin prices in the region, with most materials seeing continued price drops.

Polypropylene prices declined by an average of 4 cents per pound for the month. That drop came from a 1-cent downward move for polymer-grade propylene feedstock and from buyers taking back 3 cents in margin, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News.

PP prices had dipped 2 cents in November and 15 cents in October. Overall, the December decline marked the seventh consecutive month that North American prices for the material had declined. Regional PP prices finished 2022 with a net decline of 42 cents.

MAPP survey shows ‘struggling’ plastics processing sector

For the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors, the yo-yo economy for manufacturers is producing a lot of uncertainty and volatility with inflation, rising wages and resin prices top of mind.

That’s prompting a harder look at automation among its members, the Indianapolis-based group said in a Jan. 24 webinar unveiling its 2023 State of the Plastics Processing Industry report.


  1. Recycling and Sustainability:


Banks wade into chemical recycling at Davos forum


It was the kind of question that’s right on target for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as it debated how to deal with plastic pollution: Should global banks invest in chemical recycling as part of strategies to mitigate plastic waste?


Connecticut may seek recycled-content mandate


Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont threw his support behind recycled-content mandates for plastic beverage containers Jan. 24, saying he would include them in an upcoming legislative package on extended producer responsibility.

A statement from Lamont’s office did not give details but said Connecticut would look to model California’s new rules for recycled content in plastic bottles.

California passed a law in 2020 that requires recycled plastic in beverage containers that are covered by the state’s bottle bill, starting at 15 percent in 2022, rising to 25 percent in 2025 and then 50 percent by 2030.



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