This article appeared in the December 2019 issue of Resource Recycling.
With more recovered plastics looking for a home domestically and major consumer-facing companies pledging to increase their use of recycled content, it’s clear the business of plastics recycling is entering a period filled with potential opportunities.
But it’s also obvious that coordination among stakeholders will be a complicated endeavor.
Materials recovery facilities, plastics reclaimers, converters and end users all typically operate independently, and all have their own priorities and requirements when it comes to material.
An emerging project called the Recycled Material Standard (RMS) from nonprofit group GreenBlue is attempting to be the connective tissue between all those actors.