Addressing over 200 plastics recycling professionals recently, John Standish emphasized the importance of viewing bales of recovered plastics as feedstock for a manufacturing operation, not simply discards to be diverted from landfill.
"In any modern, high-volume, automated process, the quality of the raw materials is very important to the success of the process," said Standish, the technical director of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). "And in plastics recycling, the raw materials are bales of plastic bottles and other plastic articles."
To help push forward the quality of the bales so central to the viability of plastics recycling, Standish and APR gathered industry experts from across the material stream to share their insights at the group’s first-ever Technical Forum, held at Plastics Recycling 2016 in New Orleans earlier this year. The lineup of speakers included equipment representatives, a program design professional and a top PET reclaimer.