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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 Investing is fun!

    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

    1208 Active Member

    Dec 22, 2014
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