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One mostly unexpected negative from lower oil prices

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by AudubonB, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

    Mar 24, 2013
    Planet Money had a small article on an anticipatable, but fairly out of the spotlight, result of the decline of oil prices.

    Apparently, the lesser-value-added portion of the recycled plastics stream is something the recyclers have not been able to keep going. So-called 'plastic bags' - that's LDPE usually, I think - represent that lowest rung. As such, most plastic bags that are sent to recycling cannot find a buyer, so they are now going to landfills. Back to the Bad Old Days.

    This article concerns the situation in the USA; I don't have any insight as to what's occurring in Europe, Japan or other places.

    Link is here:

    Low Oil Prices Interfere With What Recyclers Are Paid For Plastic : NPR
  2. 1208

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    Dec 22, 2014
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