World Plastics Council companies did not reveal specific decisions from their meeting, but executives said they would remain engaged in plastics-related discussions in places like the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Basel Convention and meetings of the G7 and G20.
In the short term, anyone would be concerned if numbers go down, Billion President and CEO Korbinian Kiesl said. But the big-picture view is that it's business as usual and something Kiesl called his "special philosophy," where the issues causing the highs and lows of an industry or the economy are ever-changing.
Styrenics specialist Ineos Styrolution has launched its Eco family of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) grades with recycled content and has entered into a collaboration with Austrian recycler Bage Plastics for the supply of recyclates.
BASF SE is upping its plastics recycling activities with a planned €20m investment in Quantafuel, a Norwegian company specialised in the pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste and purification of pyrolysis oil.
European Plastics Convertors (EuPC) has urged European member states to reject a budget proposal by the European Commission which introduces national contributions based on unrecycled plastics packaging for the multiannual financial framework 2021 – 2027.
Ecoplast, an Austrian mechanical recycling business recently acquired by Borealis AG, has upgraded its processing plant in Wildon, Austria, with a new ultramodern polyethylene (PE) film recycling line.
After another technical tweak, the Ocean Cleanup's marine sweeper is doing its intended job in the Pacific Ocean and collecting garbage from the size of large ghost nets down to microplastics as small as 1 millimeter, according to the Dutch nonprofit group.
Swiss chemicals company Clariant AG has teamed up with pigment supplier Merck KGaA and polymer producer Sabic to develop laser-marking technology and materials to ease the recycling process for flexible polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE) packaging film.