Plastic-bag recycling in Connecticut's Greater Hartford region has increased 11% since the American Chemistry Council launched its Wrap Recycling Action Program there last year. "Like WRAP campaigns conducted in other areas, Connecticut demonstrated that a dedicated team of recycling advocates can make a difference," says ACC's Shari Jackson.
Facilities that use chemicals designated as a chemical of interest are under the jurisdiction of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards and have about two months to schedule a screening process, writes Amanda Topping. She explains the key steps that such facilities must take.
LyondellBasell Industries is one of several chemical firms exploring new methods for chemical recycling. "The advantage with chemical recycling is you end up with a pure liquid monomer, which can be put directly back into the production process," spokesman Andreas Anker says.
Demand for chemicals will continue to grow over the next 20 years despite concerns about plastic recycling, according to a Wood Mackenzie analysis. The report also notes increased interest in the circular economy.
Rice University researchers report using carbon nanotubes to make graphene, strengthening the 2D material by a factor of up to 10 times. Professor James Tour says, "We call this rebar graphene, with 'rebar' being the metal bars that go through concrete to strengthen it."