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Arrangement with Veolia to recycle the two toughest beverage carton components—plastic and aluminum—with paperboard makes it possible that 100% of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union can be recycled by 2025.
Waste-to-energy is often looked upon as squandering a valuable resource. Penn State University’s Plastic Fuel Project has a more sensible proposition: “Recycle when possible, but if recycling is not an option, why not capture the high heat content...
Loop Industries Inc. (Montreal, QC, Canada) has developed a technology that decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic into its base building blocks, which are then re-polymerized to create virgin-quality polyester.
It was only a matter of time before environmental activists caught on that paper cups aren’t all that green—they are lined with wax or polyethylene in order to hold hot or cold liquids, which makes them non-recyclable.