Some companies and the state of California are working toward 25% by 2025 targets for post-consumer resins, but meeting that goal will require scaling US recycling capacity at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 40%, said ICIS analyst Paula Leardini. The US could achieve that level of growth by replacing state-level recycling policies with federal legislation and allocating $17 billion toward recycling infrastructure and education over the next five years, said Sarah Dearman of The Recycling Partnership.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance reporting rule features "an extremely broad reporting requirement", said Christopher Blunck of Bergeson & Campbell, noting the proposed rule's lack of limits. The EPA estimates that 234 firms are likely to be affected by the proposed rule, but Blunck asserts the number is too low because so many products may contain PFAS.
Indorama Ventures has strengthened its specialty chemical portfolio by launching a purified 2,6-naphthalene dicarboxylic acid unit at its complex in Decatur, Ala. "This helps our customers to capture the growth in 5G and related end-use markets," said executive Dilip Kumar Agarwal.
Much of the plexiglass produced to serve as a shield or barrier during the pandemic is destined for landfills, and Iowa State University professor Dan Neubauer is calling on his students to find alternative uses for the material. Plastic production in the US rose 14.5% year-over-year in April to 8 billion pounds, per the American Chemistry Council.
The coronavirus pandemic called for an upgrade of restroom cleaning protocols in facilities and brought an added focus on areas and surfaces that were previously getting less attention. Door handles, toilet seats, faucets and light switches are the most germ-infested surfaces in a restroom, according to the American Cleaning Institute, which also recommends cleaning and disinfecting restroom floors regularly because toilet plume can also land on those surfaces.
As the advent of the coronavirus pandemic pushed demand for disinfectant wipes to unprecedented levels, manufacturers such as Clorox and Rockline Industries ramped up operations and streamlined their processes while maintaining an emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship. "People do not need to 'panic buy' cleaning and disinfecting wipes, but there will likely be sustained interest in the category as consumers want to care for their families and homes with products that are safe and effective when used as directed," said Brian Sansoni of the American Cleaning Institute.
Ultrapar has confirmed it's conducting exclusive talks with Indorama Ventures to divest Oxiteno, which produces ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol and surfactants. Oxiteno is one of three chemical companies potentially up for sale in Brazil.
Consumers' emotional connection with smell and their tendency to associate odor with cleanliness makes scent a key factor in cleaning product formulation, and when deciding which malodor control strategy to employ, formulators should take into consideration a number of criteria as well as the product's intended use, write Evonik researchers. For example, Evonik's Tego Sorb range of non-toxic, biodegradable products focuses on eliminating malodor molecules in a sustainable way using a zinc rinciolate chemistry with enhanced performance properties.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to begin enforcing restrictions on the use of phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) in September, but the decision is problematic for multiple industries due to a lack of alternatives, according to comments filed with the EPA. Many companies were slow to oppose the rule because they didn't realize how it could disrupt their supply chains, and attorneys say the situation reflects the importance of paying close attention to Toxic Substances Control Act changes and other rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to release a section 8(d) rule by February that would change the reporting requirements for 20 high-priority substances and 30 organohalogen flame retardants under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to the EPA's spring regulatory agenda released Monday. A rule to guide chemical reviews under TSCA has been moved to the long-term agenda, and an industry-requested rule to update the TSCA risk management process was dropped entirely.
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