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Nominations Open for Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards

Organized by the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the annual event honors companies and individuals who have successfully brought new technologies, products and initiatives into communities and/or the marketplace.

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Plastic Bottle Recycling Continues to Climb in the United States

Plastic bottle recycling by consumers increased 45 million pounds in 2011, edging up 1.7 percent, to reach over 2.6 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly today by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

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BPA Study on Thyroid Function of Limited Relevance to Human Health

The authors speculation that BPA is linked to health effects caused by thyroid hormone levels in women and newborns is not supported by the data; the authors themselves note that the thyroid hormone levels reported were within normal range and the study was not designed to measure any health effects.

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Health Canada Affirms BPA Safe for Food-Contact Uses

Health Canadas announcement today once again confirms that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACCs Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. This new assessment further indicates that consumers dont need to be concerned with the minute eposures to BPA from food contact and should be confident in its safe use in everyday consumer products.