Plastics help make advanced technologies like wind turbines and solar panels possible, said Joshua Baca of the American Chemistry Council following the release of an As You Sow report questioning the industry's future. "As our standards for sustainability and the world's population grow, we'll need more plastics to live better and with a lower carbon footprint -- not less," said Baca.
Chemical recycling, mechanical recycling and end users need to be aligned on a plastics circular economy, with help from plastic producers and recyclers, said panelists at a recent conference. "We all need more materials to recycle, so we are looking at what we can do collectively to work on infrastructure together to create the feed streams that work for all of us," said Eastman Chemical executive Holli Alexander.
PureCycle Technologies is leveraging partnerships and new projects to increase polypropylene recycling capacity, said Chairman and CEO Mike Otworth. About 170 billion pounds of PP was consumed last year, but only 1% was recycled, according to the American Chemistry Council.
The American Cleaning Institute will release online resources and a national public service announcement as part of its new "Cleaning is Caring" campaign, which aims to reinforce the value of cleaning and the need for proper cleaning habits during and after the coronavirus pandemic. "Cleaning is Caring sends a powerful message that cleaning should no longer be viewed as just a chore or to be taken for granted," said ACI President and CEO Melissa Hockstad, adding, "It is our promise to continue to embody the Cleaning is Caring message for consumers through every facet of our work." Take a look at ACI’s new public service announcement, demonstrating how “Cleaning is Caring.”
The American Cleaning Institute is urging the Food and Drug Administration to provide more clarity on hand sanitizer labeling and refilling requirements, and take action to stop the use of potentially unsafe bulk hand sanitizer formats and refillable dispensers in public locations. "It is our understanding that in most cases, these bulk systems are either not labeled at all or not labeled in accordance with FDA drug labeling requirements," said Dr. James Kim, ACI vice president of science and regulatory affairs.
The Environmental Protection Agency will take a stronger approach to enforcing environmental regulations in underserved communities that are vulnerable to pollution. "Too many communities whose residents are predominantly of color, Indigenous, or low-income continue to suffer from disproportionately high pollution levels and the resulting adverse health and environmental impacts," said Administrator Michael Regan.
The Environmental Protection Agency should update its methodology for calculating US recycling rates to include all advanced recycling technologies, according to comments filed by the American Chemistry Council. "As more companies seek to increase recycled content in their packaging and products, advanced recycling will play a larger role in the U.S. recycling system," wrote ACC.
President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal could be used as a jumping-off point for his administration's 2030 climate goals, including emissions reduction. "Investing in clean energy to fight the effects of climate change is part of infrastructure," Biden says.
An industrial fire in Harris County, Texas, on Wednesday was quickly controlled with no casualties. County Commissioner Adrian Garcia praised efforts by the American Chemistry Council and East Harris County Manufacturers Association in helping provide air quality information during such incidents.
Shell has invested in LanzaJet's ethanol-to-jet fuel project, while Occidental's Oxy Low Carbon Ventures is developing a carbon dioxide-to-ethylene pilot project with Cemvita.