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  • SPI launches the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program

    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association launched its 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards (SSA) Program, inviting the plastics industry to contribute their information to help SPI better understand the state of safety in the plastics industry while being recognized for achieving a level of safety performance above the industry average.

  • Plastics makers award innovators in plastics recycling

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) disclosed the winners of the 2014 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards.

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  • Massachusetts voters reject expanded bottle deposit bill

    Voters in Massachusetts turned down a proposal calling for an expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law.

  • APR names new board members

    Scott Saunders, general manager of KW Plastics Recycling Division in Troy, Alabama, was re-elected chairman of The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), a trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry.

  • Novolex makes acquisition

    Novolex and Packaging Dynamics Corporation have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Novolex will acquire Packaging Dynamics.

  • Bottle recycling increases

    Plastic bottle recycling grew 120 million pounds in 2013, edging up 4.3 percent, to top 2.9 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

  • Procter & Gamble commits to use more recyclable packaging

    Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has made a qualified commitment that 90 percent of its packaging will be recyclable by 2020.

  • Europe recycled over 65 billion bottles

    PET is by far the most recycled plastic material recycled in Europe, with the equivalent of around 65 billion bottles recycled in 2013.

  • APR releases final report of Sleeve Label Working Group

    The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers released the Final Report of the Sleeve Label Working Group detailing recommendations the packaging industry can use to mitigate the impact of sleeve labels on the recycling of PET bottles.

  • Detroit Lions QB teams up with Repreve to recycle

    Unifi, Inc.’s Repreve®, a recycled fiber brand and the official recycling and sustainability partner of the Detroit Lions, has teamed up with Matthew Stafford to kick off their “Make The Smart Throw” campaign.

  • California passes statewide ban

    California State Senate passed SB 270 with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

  • APR releases new Polypropylene model bale specifications

    The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), an organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America, disclosed the publication of a model bale specification for polypropylene containers.

  • Plastic Recycling opens new Indiana EPS recycling facility

    Plastic Recycling, Inc. (PRI) opened a new recycling facility in Indianapolis, Indiana dedicated specifically to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country.

  • Vermont college bans bottled water

    Green Mountain College has banned the sale of bottled water on its Poultney campus. Like many campus sustainability initiatives, the ban comes largely as a result of a student-led project.

  • England set to miss recycling targets due to Government cuts, warns ECO Plastics

    Jonathan Short, the founder of plastics recycling company ECO Plastics, who appeared in front of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee inquiry, said that Government cuts have led to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to pull back from making urgently needed policy reforms, just at the point when they are needed the most.

  • Director resigns post on Guanwei recycling board

    Guanwei Recycling Corp., a  clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene in China, disclosed that Howard S. Barth, CPA CA, has stepped down from the Guanwei board of directors.

    Barth said his departure was for personal reasons.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • ACS Group hires new vice president of marketing

    ACS Group, a manufacturer of auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry, has hired Paul Grekowicz as vice president of marketing and product development to support the company’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its product lines to meet customer’s expanding needs through the AEC, Cumberland and Sterling brands.

    In this new role, Grekowicz will focus on enhancing new product development processes and revitalizing marketing efforts to drive increased demand for the company’s products.  

    Grekowicz brings more than 15 years of experience in process improvement and product management. After beginning his career at GE Power Systems and taking on roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and operations, he has led significant efforts at leading global companies.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • MBA Polymers appoints Crowley as new CFO

    MBA Polymers has appointed Barry Crowley as chief financial officer. Crowley moved from Edwards Group where he has been group financial controller.

    Before joining Edwards, Crowley had a 13 year career with GlaxoSmithKline as director, business development (UK Financial Services), corporate accounting manager and accounting development.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Arlington Plastics enters the biomass reduction market

    Arlington Plastics Machinery, a seller of plastic processing equipment, is branching out to sell the Crushmaster line of equipment for the size reduction and processing of biomass.  

    Crushmaster features a German engineered line of granulators, shredders and briquetting presses for biomass.  

    Pellets are the most common product on the international biomass market. The global production of wood pellets has shown an exponential growth – from 2 million tons of wood pellets in 2001 to 4 million tons in 2006, to 9 million in 2008 and 16 million in 2010.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News