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Plastics

  • 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.