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  • Ice River Springs funds EREF Master’s Scholarship

    The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) shared that Ice River Springs Water Co., Inc. has funded a named scholarship for the EREF scholarship program.

  • GM recycles water bottles to make Chevy Equinox parts

    General Motors (GM) is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a new life.

  • K-cup maker challenged to go recyclable

    Three inspiring Birmingham, Alabama children are preparing to compete in the 2016 First Lego League (FLL) World Festival in St. Louis in April 2016.

  • Quebec’s bag industry wants bag ban reconsidered

    The plastic bag industry in Quebec is calling on the City of Brossard to reconsider its ban on plastic shopping bags because the municipality’s decision to ban the bags as of Fall 2016 is based on out-of-date data that is nearly 10 years old and is not relevant to today.

  • Beverage container recycling boosted

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) will work with industry, government and community partners to achieve a U.S. beverage container recycling rate of 60 percent by 2030.

  • Joint effort to recycle more plastic expands membership

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) shared that LyondellBasell has joined its Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), a collaboration working to double the recycling of post-use polyethylene film by 2020.

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  • Recyclers feel impact of commodity prices

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    A prolonged period of low market prices for paper and plastics is beginning to take a toll on recyclers.

  • EU plastic packaging waste statistics released

    According to a report, Plastics – The Facts 2015, released from PlasticsEurope, EU 28+2 recycled 6.3m tonnes, 39.5 percent, of its 15.9m tonnes plastic packaging waste in 2014, easily surpassing the EU’s minimum target of 22.5 percent. PlasticsEurope and EPRO, with assistance from Consultic GmbH have collected the data presented in this report.

  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition opposes biodegradability additives

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has released a formal position paper against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics, which are marketed as enhancing the sustainability of plastic by rendering the material biodegradable.

  • New York Supreme Court rules on foam food service products

    Restaurant Action Alliance, Dart Container Corporation and New York City’s restaurant owners applaud the decision to deny motion to reinstate the foam ban.

  • Debate over bottled water containers filling landfills settled

    The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has released a new infographic setting the record straight about landfill space and environmental footprint of PET plastic bottled water containers.

  • The McKinsey Center for business reports on plastic waste in oceans

    The McKinsey Center for Business and Environment recently collaborated on a report with the Ocean Conservancy called Stemming the Tide: Land-based Strategies for a Plastic Free Ocean.

  • Alpine Waste tackles foam

    Alpine Waste & Recycling has become the first recycling company in the Denver area to begin accepting polystyrene foam, long the bane of environmentalists everywhere.

  • Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. tops three billion pounds

    Plastic bottle recycling grew by 97 million pounds in 2014, increasing 3.3 percent, to top 3 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

  • Nation’s toughest ban on plastic microbeads passes in CA

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest ban on personal care products containing plastic microbeads, such as toothpastes, soaps, and shower gels, that are designed to be rinsed down the drain.

  • Novolex acquires Wisconsin Film & Bag

    Novolex, a Wind Point Partners portfolio company, has acquired Wisconsin Film & Bag (WF&B), a manufacturer of custom polyethylene bags and films based in Shawano, Wisconsin. The company operates a converting plant and a plastics recycling plant near Shawano and has approximately 175 employees.

    Wisconsin Film & Bag was founded in 1972 in Oconto, Wisconsin as a manufacturer of can liners. The company expanded and moved to the Shawano site in the early 1980s. It has experienced continuous growth over the last 40 years and invested in state of the art manufacturing systems. The Company has won several awards in recent years for innovation and has unique expertise in the recovery and recycling of postindustrial and postconsumer plastics packaging.

    WF&B is Novolex’s fourth acquisition since Wind Point Partners acquired Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly) in 2012, in partnership with Chairman and chief executive officer Stan Bikulege.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Europe recycles over 66 billion bottles

    The equivalent of 66 billion PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014 in Europe, representing 57 percent of bottles and containers.

  • Plastic recycling in Europe to increase significantly by 2025

    According to a new study of consultancy ecoprog, up to 300 new sorting plants for plastic wastes will be commissioned in Europe by 2025.

  • APR accepting nominations

    A program recognizing innovations in product design and technology promoting plastics recycling is accepting nominations through October 31.

  • The growth of plastic bag laws proves to be confounding

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    The lightweight, polyethylene shopping bag is a masterpiece of modern engineering.

  • New York State Supreme Court overturns foam ban

    The New York State Supreme Court overturned sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s decision to ban foam foodservice items, clearing the way for the city to embrace a recycling program that would cover 100 percent of polystyrene products and generate new revenue for the city.

  • Colchester, Nova Scotia receives grant from recycling coalition

    Residents and commercial outlets in Colchester County, Nova Scotia can soon add polystyrene foam foodservice packaging, egg cartons, meat trays and protective packaging to their recycling bins, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition.

  • Mixed waste processing may increase diversion rates

    The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities, 1970-Today by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) of Fairfax, Virginia notes that mixed waste processing (MWP) facilities use a variety of new and existing technologies to separate recyclable commodities from a stream of mixed trash, or MSW.

  • Trex enters commercial plastics market

    Even companies that use recycled materials have materials to recycle at the end of the day.

  • EuPC launches alliance for polymers

    During the EuPC General Assembly in Warsaw, EuPC launched a strategic alliance for polymer supplies in Europe.

  • Over 190 tons of scrap collected, sorted and recycled at NPE2015

    At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor, twice as many as at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling.

  • New technologies help turn plastics into fuel

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Ocean Recovery Alliance shared new tools aimed at helping communities evaluate their potential to adopt plastics-to-fuel technologies.

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KAB bring recycling to more public parks

    More than 900 new recycling bins will be provided by Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple Group for parks across America.

  • Repreve recycles plastic bottles into graduation caps and gowns

    Unifi, Inc.’s Repreve® recycled fiber will be used in Oak Hall graduation gowns at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the nation this year.

  • New Petcore Europe president

    Petcore Europe, the Brussels based association representing the PET value chain in Europe, elected a new president – Mark Kenrick from Lotte Chemical UK Ltd.

  • Lindner sets up U.S. subsidiary

    Lindner reSource GmbH, a manufacturer of shredding technology for the plastics industry, is now represented in North America by its own subsidiary.

  • New Petcore Europe president elected

    Petcore Europe, the Brussels based association representing the PET value chain in Europe, elected its new president Mark Kenrick from Lotte Chemical UK Ltd. Mark takes over from Roberto Bertaggia (Gruppo M&G), who chaired Petcore Europe since it was established two years ago.

    Kenrick is the chief executive officer of Lotte Chemical UK Ltd, the UK manufacturer of PET. A mechanical engineer by background, he has experience in technical, operational and general management roles.

    Another board member stepped down, Stephen Short (Indorama). He is replaced by Carlos Molina from CEPSA.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • ISRI updates plastics specs

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) said that nine new plastics specifications have been published in the Scrap Specifications Circular, after approval by the ISRI plastics division and board of directors.

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  • Biodegradable additive lawsuit finding questioned

    The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, a trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America, urged caution in response to a recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge regarding claims by a manufacturer of biodegradable additives and their use in the marketplace.

  • UK household plastics collection reported for 2014 released by ReCoup

    The Recoup UK Household Collection Survey is a research-based report that provides a review of the services in place to collect household plastics for recycling in the United Kingdom (UK).

  • MTM Plastics expands facilities

    MTM plastics will continue its growth strategy in 2015. By the end of 2016, Europe’s leading producer of recycled polyolefins from mixed plastic waste plans will invest approximately 8 million euros in the expansion of its production facilities in Niedergebra, Germany.

  • Shanghai Pret Composites acquires Wellman Plastics

    Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd., a Chinese company, is acquiring Wellman Plastics Recycling LLC (WRC) of Johnsonville, South Carolina, in an all cash deal.

  • Cope Plastics acquires JB Jensen

    Cope Plastics, Inc., a distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod and tube in the Midwest, headquartered in Alton, Illinois has acquired the assets of J.B. Jensen & Son, Inc., located in Genoa City, Wisconsin.

  • Most innovative uses of recycled plastics by manufacturers sought by EPRO

    The European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organizations (EPRO), is inviting manufacturers of products made from recycled plastics to enter a competition. The deadline for applications is March 11, 2015.

  • New York City bans single-use polystyrene

    The de Blasio Administration, New York, said that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell or offer for use single service expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” in New York City.

  • Polyethylene pricing challenges loom

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    Coca-Cola’s decision late last year to close down its recycling division comes amid increasing price pressures on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recyclers that promise to challenge profitability in the business for the next couple of years.

  • Clear Bins at Super Bowl Central make recycling easy

    The Department of Homeland Security mandated that all containers be clear in the 12 block downtown Super Bowl Central area to help secure public safety.

  • 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

  • Consolidated Container buys two plastic recycling firms

    Consolidated Container Co. (CCC) has acquired sister companies Envision Plastics Industries LLC and Ecoplast Corp.

  • Vega earns certification for bottles

    Plant-based nutrition company, Vega, has received 100 percent post-consumer recycled content certification from leading third-party certification firm, SCS Global Services, for its recycled post-consumer (PCR) plastic bottles.

  • Recycling program begins

    The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) is partnering with Dunn County Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. and Trex Company, Inc. to help promote a new film recycling initiative of the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP).

  • GlyEco boosts glycol recycling

    GlyEco, Inc. has increased its waste glycol recycling capacity 400 percent at its Minnesota processing center.

  • What’s behind polystyrene bans?

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    New York City recently passed a law that will ban polystyrene food containers beginning 2015. With Chicago and other cities contemplating similar laws, it makes one question why these cities aren’t recycling the foam instead.