(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
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
Find an electronic recycler near you
Pretty much anything you would want to know on polystyrene
Great news stories about recycling and industry
Plastic Bag Recycling
Evaluate how much money you would save if you were recycling your film.
Type in the chemical you want to know about, and it will print a data page.
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
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Freinkel, Susan. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.
Plastic China. Directed by Jiu-liang Wang. Journeyman Pictures, 2017. Amazon Prime, www.amazon.com/Plastic-China-Jiu-liang-WANG/dp/B06XV925VL.
5 Gyres, Algalita, Californians Against Waste, Clean Production Action, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Responsible Purchasing Network, Story of Stuff, Surfrider Foundation
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.
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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.
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