Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

(Website with a forum for asking questions regarding plastic recycling)

University of Southern Miss. 
(Explains each polymer in detail)

APC – American Plastics Council 
Information on plastic and recycling

Matweb – Resins Page 
(Look up specifics for each grade of plastic from each manufacturer)

SPI – Society of the Plastics Industry 
Organization for plastic manufacturing and recycling

Ohio Department of Natural Resouces
Facts about recycling and lots of post-consumer scrap recycling advice

ISRI – Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 
Major organization for recycling, with information on quality and quantity of recycling 
Great source for recent news on the recycling industry, contains over 500 news stories usually

NAPCOR – National Association for PET Containers 
Organization with PET recycling information 
Huge resource for plastics information 
Purchasing Arm for Phoenix Recycling

Polymer Information 
University of Wisconsin-Madison webpage for polymer information

San Diego Plastics – info page 
Explains polymer properties and the history of plastic

Recycle In Me 
Forum for plastic scrap brokers 
Global Trade forum

National Recycling Coalition 
Association dedicated to Recyclers

EIA Environment 
Find an electronic recycler near you

Pretty much anything you would want to know on polystyrene

Plastics News 
Great news stories about recycling and industry

Plastic Bag Recycling 
Evaluate how much money you would save if you were recycling your film.

Chemical Database 
Type in the chemical you want to know about, and it will print a data page.

Polymers FAQ 
Lists most plastic abbreviations, polymer tradenames, and has a guide / general FAQ.

Plastic Market Place 
Forum for buying and selling plastic for plastic brokers and recyclers

Apartment and Condo Recycling Guide
Safe disposal and reuse for computers, mobile phones, tablets, TVs and appliances

About Plastic

Meikle, Jeffrey. American Plastic: A Social History. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Freinkel, Susan. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.

Plastic China. Directed by Jiu-liang Wang. Journeyman Pictures, 2017. Amazon Prime,

5 Gyres, Algalita, Californians Against Waste, Clean Production Action, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Responsible Purchasing Network, Story of Stuff, Surfrider Foundation and UPSTREAM. Plastics BAN List 2.0. 5 Gyres, November 2017,

The Global Trash Problem + Its Roots

van Lohuizen, Kadir, NOOR. Drowning in Garbage. The Washington Post. 21 Nov. 2017. Web.

Humes, Edward. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Penguin Group, 2012.

Minter, Adam. Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade. Bloomsbury Press, 2013.

Strasser, Susan. Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. Owl Books Henry Holt & Co., 2000.

Rathje, William L. and Murphy, Cullen. Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage.The University of Arizona Press, 2001.

Alternatives & Solutions for Change:

Marine Conservation Society. How to Live Plastic Free: A Day in the Life of a Plastic Detox. Headline Publishing Group, 2018.

McDonough, William and Braungart, Michael. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. North Point Press a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

McDonough, William and Braungart, Michael. The UpCycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. North Point Press a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

Hawken, Paul, editor. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, 2017.

Plastic Melting, Emissions, Ventilation and Safety (Technical Research Papers and Standards)

Harper, C. A. (2006). Handbook of plastic processes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Interscience.

He, Z., Li, G., Chen, J., Huang, Y., An, T., & Zhang, C. (2015). Pollution characteristics and health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds emitted from different plastic solid waste recycling workshops. Environment International, 77, 85-94. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2015.01.004

Hunt, E. J., Zhang, C., Anzalone, N., & Pearce, J. M. (2015). Polymer recycling codes for distributed manufacturing with 3-D printers. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 97, 24-30. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.02.004

Yamashita, Kyoko, Yamamoto, Naomichi ,Mizukoshi, Atsushi, Noguchi, Miyuki, Ni, Yueyong, and Yanagisawa, Yukio (2009). Compositions of Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Melted Virgin and Waste Plastic Pellets, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 59:3, 273-278, DOI: 10.3155/1047-3289.59.3.273

Simoneit, B. R., Medeiros, P. M., & Didyk, B. M. (2005). Combustion Products of Plastics as Indicators for Refuse Burning in the Atmosphere. Environmental Science & Technology, 39(18), 6961-6970. doi:10.1021/es050767x

Tsai, Chung-Jung & Chen, M-L & Chang, Keng-Fu & Chang, Fu-Kuei & Mao, I-Fang. (2009). The pollution characteristics of odor, volatile organochlorinated compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons emitted from plastic waste recycling plants. Chemosphere. 74. 1104-10. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2008.10.041.

Yamashita, K & Kumagai, Kazukiyo & Noguchi, Miyuki & Yamamoto, Naomichi & Ni, Y & Mizukoshi, Atsushi & Yanagisawa, Y. (2007). VOC EMISSIONS FROM WASTE PLASTICS DURING MELTING PROCESSES.