Kickstart: Politics, plastic pipes and infrastructure

One of the key U.S. Senate Republicans working on a bipartisan infrastructure package paid a recent visit to pipe extruder Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. to talk about both infrastructure and recycling.Rob Portman of Ohio visited ADS’ plant in Pandora, Ohio, on Aug. 19 to talk about how the maker of pipes and drains for municipal systems will benefit from an updated infrastructure plan. The Senate proposal, which passed and now is up for discussion in the U.S. House of Representatives, could see companies like ADS benefit from $110 billion in new spending to build, rebuild and maintain roads and highways, .A new bill supporting recycling infrastructure also will benefit ADS, which recycles 510 million pounds of plastics every year for pipes and ancillary products, making it the second-largest plastics recycling company in North America. It’s time for a challenge, but for someone younger than me but with good health insurance.The internet — the place that brought you the ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge and (sigh) the Tide Pod meme (seriously, don’t ingest laundry pods) — now brings us the milk crate challenge.The idea is to stack the reusable dairy containers on top of each other to create stairs leading up and down a pyramid. Where did it begin? It’s the internet, so no one may know, but it took off early this month with people posting attempts to walk both up and down the steps.It sounds simple but as notes, the crates are built to carry a lot of weight inside them, but aren’t necessarily built for stability. So the resulting attempts at the challenge end up in a lot of failures. Hopefully without serious injuries, although the Washington Post reports that are seeing patients hurt during their challenge attempts.But there have been successful tries, including one documented on Twitter by of a challenger completing the feat while wearing high heels. This is an item for fans of the massive fiberglass Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and ride-hailing services. Lyft has teamed up with Oscar Mayer, and through Friday, residents who request a Lyft XL in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta may .”Riders on the Wienermobile will enjoy their ride with music, neon lights, free shirts, hot dog masks and Weinermobile-shaped whistles [Plastic ‘Weenie Whistles’], all the way to their final destination,” Lyft wrote in its blog.You can’t request the Weinermobile. Instead, it will be sent out to random Lyft passengers. And you won’t get to drive the Weinermobile, unfortunately. It will be staffed with two drivers, each one a certified Lyft driver. Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at Staying current is easy with Plastics News delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge. Subscribe to Plastics News Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. We report news, gather data and deliver timely information that provides our readers with a competitive advantage.Customer Service:

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