Plastic Bags Upstream & Down
PRCBs are once and future export drivers
Stepping back from the trade tug of war over the U.S. market for polyethylene retail carrier bags, overseas suppliers make a positive contribution to growth in U.S. export sales of the low density polyethylene resins from which PRCBs are made.
PlasticNews reports that LDPEs, along with five other major commodity resins tracked by the American Chemistry Council, showed domestic sales losses in 2009, but posted overall growth thanks to big boosts in sales to export markets.
Downstream, discarded PRCBs have become such an environmental headache that some localities are outlawing them. While the American Chemistry Council reports recycling has reached an all-time high, only about 13% of plastic bags are recycled annually. And yet … the major market for the recycled material is the nascent composite-lumber sector. As composite lumber builds share in home and commercial construction, international demand for scrap plastic has begun to edge up. This new video explores both sides of the recycling issue.
Date posted: March 30, 2010