1. The Amazing Second Life of Plastic Goods

    When consumers toss that plastic bottle or other product into their recycling bins, it’s very likely that many won’t know what happens to it once it is picked up by their curbside recycling program. In a prior article, we reviewed the plastics recycling process from collection to plastic resin production. In today’s article, we will take a look at what those resins can be transformed into, …Read More

  2. A Historical Account of Plastics Recycling

    Many people don’t give much thought to the history of recycling. For example, some might find it surprising that the world’s first recycling efforts for paper began as early as 900 years ago in Japan. Closer to home in the late 1600s, cotton and linen rags were transformed into paper near Philadelphia. Later on in the mid- to late-1900s, items such as metal, twine, burlap, and even horse hair…Read More

  3. 4 Advantages of Recycled Plastic Lumber

    Wooden garden boxes, patios, and decks can be beautiful additions to exterior spaces. However, because of its porous nature, traditional timber can be subject to rot, mildew, and other types of water damage if not sealed properly and maintained regularly. Thankfully, the advent of recycled plastic lumber (RPL) has made these concerns a thing of the past. For years, many manufacturers have relied o…Read More

  4. Sustainable and Durable: Recycled Plastic Lumber

    Wooden decks and other surfaces can add an element of natural beauty to any home or office. From patios to planters, wood planks have long been considered a sustainable building material and, until about 25 or 30 years ago, was the material of choice for deck construction and other outdoor applications. Beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, recycled plastic lumber (RPL) began to take a foot…Read More

  5. Plastic Recycling: The Process

    For many people, the act of plastic recycling starts and ends with rinsing out a plastic container and throwing it in the recycle bin. However, this simple step is really just the beginning of the fascinating plastic recycling process. As the world’s largest plastics recycler, KW Plastics has been an industry leader in the end-to-end process of plastic scrap recycling for more than 30 years. We…Read More

  6. Demystifying Plastic Recycling Codes

    We’ve all seen the little triangle composed of three arrows that loop back on themselves in a clockwise direction, signifying to us that the item or container we are holding has either been recycled or can be recycled. The official name of this little triangle is the Mobius loop, and when it appears on a plastic item or container, it will have a number ranging from one to seven in the center of…Read More

  7. Make Plastic Recycling Easy

    Since the first plastic recycling mill was created in 1972, the plastic recycling industry has slowly adapted to become the environment-sustaining industry it is today. Although we’ve come a long way in the last 45 years since the humble beginnings of plastics recycling, there is always room for improvement. Current figures from the EPA estimate that, worldwide, we only recycle approximately 34…Read More

  8. A Closer Look at High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

    Are you thinking about using a more environmentally-friendly product for your next manufacturing venture? Have you considered exploring the world of recycled plastics? High-density polyethylene (commonly referred to as HDPE) is just one of the many plastics on the market today that is growing in popularity. Given its versatility, its recycled counterpart may be just the product you are searching …Read More