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  • On 30th anniversary of California Bottle Bill, recycling rates decline

    As California’s Bottle Bill celebrated its 30th anniversary, recycling rates are tumbling as some recycling centers close due to inaction in the state legislature to fix the program. According to former Assemblymember Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the author of the legislation, Assembly Bill 2020, “The legislation set a goal of 80 percent beverage container recycling, which we exceeded in 2008, reaching as high as 85 percent in (2013).

  • New technology enables plastic to be recycled to nearly new quality

    PureCycle Technologies, in partnership with consumer goods company P&G, hosted a ribbon-cutting for a plant that will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality with a recycling method that is one of a kind. The new plant will enable consumers to purchase more products made from recycled plastic.

  • GreenMantra receives $2.2 million in funding for polystyrene cleantech innovation

    GreenMantra Technologies, a clean technology company that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be used toward construction of a demonstration plant that will convert waste polystyrene into modified styrenic polymers for use in inks, foam insulation and other applications.

  • Plastic makers support G20 efforts to reduce marine litter

    The World Plastics Council (WPC) welcomes the Marine Litter Action Plan released by the G20 and commends states for their commitment to reduce marine litter and its impacts by 2025. “This urgent issue requires all of us working together and we look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge”, said WPC Chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC.

  • Nestlé Waters North America launches recycling labeling

    Nestlé Waters North America, a beverage manufacturer, has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyle instruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé® Pure Life® as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring®, Deer Park®, Ice Mountain®, Zephyrhills®, Ozarka® and Arrowhead®.

  • PLASTICS names new director

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched a sustainability advisory board, which will include members who represent the association’s key councils and committees.

  • Styrofoam container ban proposed

    Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz (CD5) and Bob Blumenfield (CD3) introduced a motion calling on the City of Los Angeles to take the lead after SB-705 (Allen) proposed state ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam) stalled. Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin seconded the motion that asks for the Department of Sanitation to provide a feasibility study of banning polystyrene foam from the city.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SC Johnson finds way to recycle Ziploc brand bags

    In its quest to make Ziploc® brand bags recyclable from curbside bins, and avoid millions of pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills, SC Johnson has reached a milestone in that effort – successfully converting flexible film that includes grocery store and Ziploc brand bags collected from curbside bins into full-size garbage bags.

  • Dow launches grant program to increase plastics recycling

    The Dow Chemical Company has teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to award two $50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their communities.

  • California plastic manufacturers required to protect river

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with two Southern California plastic product manufacturers to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations. Both companies have corrected the deficiencies and have returned to compliance.

  • GXT Green celebrates milestone

    GXT Green Inc. celebrated a major milestone: Roche Bros. supermarkets has handed a shopper the five millionth Roche Bros branded GXT Green ECOgrade shopping bag.

  • Plastipak awarded for packaging innovation

    “An outstanding accomplishment in packaging innovation due to excellence in technological advancement” is how judges described Plastipak’s Direct Object Printing capability.

  • Plastic makers strive to prevent marine litter

    The United Nations Ocean Conference concluded on June 9, 2017 with a “Call For Action” for voluntary commitments on marine litter.

  • PepsiCo joins Plastics Economy Initiative as core partner

    PepsiCo has joined the New Plastics Economy initiative as a core partner, signaling the global food and beverage company’s continued commitment to reduce packaging waste.

  • Target agrees to engage corporate peers on foam phase-out of shipping polystyrene

    As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal with Target Corp. that asks the company to phase out use of polystyrene packaging foam in its e-commerce operations as a result of the company’s willingness to work with its value chain and industry peers to discuss replacing foam with less harmful alternatives.

  • Bottled water companies continue to reduce environmental impact

    Actions that bottled water companies continue to take to reduce their environmental footprint were highlighted on Earth Day, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).

  • Solegear and Braskem partner in recycling containers

    Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and Braskem, a producer of biopolymers, entered into a three year partnership in which Solegear will utilize Braskem’s I’m green™ polyethylene to produce and distribute a series of household recycling containers under its good natured™ brand.

  • MODRoto names Ernst to Southeast sales territory

    Recycling cart manufacturer MODRoto, Madison, Indiana, has named Mike Ernst regional sales manager. Covering the Southeast territory of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico, Ernst will be responsible for the continued growth and market expansion of the company’s proprietary product lines including its pioneering Poly-Trux recycling carts, laundry carts and bulk containers.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Petcore Europe gains members

    Petcore Europe, a Brussels based association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe, welcomed eight new members in 2017: Hordijk Verpakkingen, Sukano, Pellenc ST, The Mossi Ghisolfi Group, SUEZ, Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., Sidel and L’Oréal.

  • U.S. recycling of plastic film grows 3 percent

    The recycling of plastic wraps, bags and other film packaging grew 34 million pounds, or 3 percent, in 2015 to reach a minimum of nearly 1.2 billion pounds for the year.

  • Unilever develops new technology to tackle global issue of plastic sachet waste

    Unilever unveiled its new technology to recycle sachet waste. This technology, called CreaSolv® Process, has been developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany and is inspired by an innovation used to recycle TV sets.

  • Trex Company honors schools for recycling efforts

    Students nationwide are learning just how rewarding recycling can be. Trex Company, a decking and railing brand and leader in outdoor living products, has announced the winners of its 10th annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, which pits K-12 schools against one another in a fun, friendly competition to collect and recycle the most polyethylene plastic for the chance to win Trex products for their schools.

  • C1S Group constructs Dallas Recycling Plant

    Plastic recycler CarbonLITE has engaged C1S Group as the primary contractor for the construction of its new North Texas recycling facility.

  • EPS Excellence in Recycling awards industry innovators

    Expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging, while often targeted by environmental groups, is at the forefront of recycling – providing education, creating new technologies and upgrading existing programs. Since 2013, the efforts of these groups and organizations are celebrated with the EPS Excellence in Recycling Award.

  • Rinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign aims to divert personal care items

    Nearly half of Americans do not recycle their beauty and personal care products, accounting for a significant amount of landfill waste.

  • Dell ships ocean plastics packaging

    Dell sent out the technology industry’s first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of a commercial-scale pilot program.

  • MEPs pave the way for bioplastics in vote on waste legislation

    European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomed the positive outcome of a vote of the European Parliament plenary on the waste legislation proposal concerning the EU Circular Economy Package.

  • Unifi receives Letter of No Objection from FDA

    Unifi, Inc. can now produce its post-consumer recycled PET plastic flake for use in the manufacturing of food contact articles, after receiving its Letter of No Objection (LNO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Plastics makers partner with Connecticut to recycle more

    The Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) joined Connecticut public officials to launch a new campaign to increase recycling of plastic wraps and bags throughout the state.

  • Dart Container opens three foam recycling drop-off centers

    Dart Container recently launched three foam recycling drop off centers located in Ada, Oklahoma, Urbana, Illinois and Twin Falls, Idaho.

  • Appliance Recycling Program returning for customers of FirstEnergy’s Ohio Utilities

    Customers of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Ohio utilities (Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and The Illuminating Company) can receive $50 when they recycle an old, working refrigerator or freezer.

  • Ontario’s proposed fee increase for water taking permits rejected

    After months of working in a good faith consultation process with the Ontario government on its plans to introduce new regulations on water taking permits, a proposed massive fee increase for water bottling companies that take groundwater runs counter to the collaborative approach needed to protect and conserve water for future generations, according to the Canadian Bottled Water Association.

  • NAPCOR welcomes Stewart as staff member

    The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) has recently hired Laura Stewart as communications director.

    Stewart comes to NAPCOR with over 20 years of experience in the thermoform packaging market. Most recently, Stewart worked as vice president of sales & marketing at Placon Corporation where she was instrumental in promoting the use of recycled PET in the company’s packaging lines.

    During her tenure with Placon, Stewart served as NAPCOR’s first Thermoform Council chairperson after the organization expanded its membership to include PET sheet and thermoform members in 2008, working to increase membership, and to further the recycling of PET thermoforms and use of rPET content.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Agilyx develops first facility using its pyrolysis system

    Agilyx Corporation has secured project financing and is proceeding with the construction of a 10 TPD production facility near Portland, Oregon that converts polystyrene (foam cups, packaging materials, and Styrofoam) into styrene monomer.

  • Specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables to be reviewed by ISRI

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) board of directors will consider the addition of new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables for material recovery facilities (MRF) during its Winter Meeting. ISRI’s Paper and Plastics Divisions recently approved each of the specifications.

  • Associations and nonprofits come together to accelerate plastics recycling efforts

    A group of trade associations and nonprofits has announced the formation of the North American Plastics Recycling Alliance (NAPRA), a new coalition that is working to significantly grow plastics recycling in the United States and Canada.

  • Innovations in recycling wraps and bags awarded

    The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division (ACC) disclosed that Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; the City of Vancouver, Washington; and Safeway/Albertsons have been selected to receive Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards.

  • Chicago-area hospitals share successes, challenges of pilot healthcare plastics recycling program

    The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), in collaboration with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), has completed a multi–hospital plastics recycling project in the Chicago market.

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  • Bottles turned into blankets

    Emirates has created new sustainable blankets made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD™ and is available in Economy Class on long-haul flights.

  • Free agricultural film recycling made available

    The Arkansas based company, Revolution Plastics began it first dumpster dispersal in Minnesota.

  • U.S. EPA requires plastic manufacturer to protect river from pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Canyon Plastics, Inc. to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations. The company has corrected the deficiencies found at its facility in Valencia, California, and obtained a stormwater permit.

  • Video highlights job creation through bottle recycling

    The Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council (CPRC) and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) released a jointly produced “Your Bottles Means Jobs (YBMJ)” video.

  • Paper and plastic recycling holding steady

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    Here’s one thing we know: The paper and plastic recycling industries are in a constant state of flux. In a recent report by the American Forest and Paper Association, the U.S. paper recovery rate increased by 1.4 percentage points in 2015 to a record-high 66.8 percent.

  • Marine litter reduction efforts grew in 2016

    Seven new signatories were added to The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also informally known as the “Joint Declaration” in 2016.

  • California again voted to ban plastic shopping bags

    Californians have voted to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags, the first state in the nation to do so.

  • Plastics Industry Association drops SPI

    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced its new name, Plastics Industry Association, PLASTICS for short, and unveiled a new website. PLASTICS, the association’s new identity, builds upon nearly 80 years of a strong history of fostering collaboration among the entire plastics supply chain.

  • Plastipak acquires business assets of Evolve Polymers

    Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging as well as virgin and recycled plastic resin, has completed the acquisition of the business assets of Evolve Polymers Ltd. Evolve is one of Europe’s leading plastics recyclers, based in Hemswell Cliff, United Kingdom.

    Plastipak’s global recycling operations currently recycle billions of bottles per year, and the site being acquired has the capacity to process an additional six to nine billion PET bottles into food-grade and other high quality material. The business will begin operating immediately under Plastipak’s ownership. Contracts with Evolve’s existing key business partners have been secured for continued effect.

    “Evolve’s prior owners invested significant resources to build the Hemswell Cliff site starting in 2006, and the business’s performance benefited from continuous improvements,” said Martin Hargreaves, managing director, Plastipak Europe. “This acquisition complements our existing recycling businesses, and amplifies our ability to bring our world-class technologies and know-how to better serve our UK and European-based customers.”

    Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Sonoco acquires Plastic Packaging Inc.

    Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has acquired Plastic Packaging Inc. (PPI), a privately held Hickory, North Carolina based flexible packaging company.

    Founded in 1957, PPI specializes in short-run, customized flexible packaging for consumer brands.

    PPI expects 2016 sales of approximately $42 million and operates two manufacturing facilities in Hickory, and Forest City, North Carolina with approximately 170 employees.

    Through the acquisition, Sonoco gains additional lamination, wide and narrow web flexographic printing, and pouch and bag forming capabilities that will allow Sonoco to better serve its current customers, while expanding its customer base.

    Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News


  • Plastic bottle recycling rate stays flat in 2015; slightly down from 2014

    Plastic bottle recycling held nearly steady in 2015, with a slight decrease of 0.5 percent from 2014, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

  • Membership program introduced

    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) have created a new, partnered membership program for plastics industry original equipment manufacturers or brand owner companies.

  • Bottle recycling in Europe increases

    With over 1.8 million tons of collected and recycled PET bottles, the 2015 European PET collection and recycling volumes have increased by 5 percent compared to 2014.

  • EPA proposes to add Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site to Federal Superfund List

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed adding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in the Village of Hoosick Falls, New York. to its Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) of the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

  • GreenMantra receives certification from SCS Global

    GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing producer of high value synthetic waxes from recycled plastics, recently received certification from SCS Global Services (SCS) for the recycled content of its Ceranovus™ wax products.

  • Plastics recovery: Pilot program aims to increase automotive recycling

    SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Association launched a new project, the Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project, which will test the belief that increased automotive recycling is beneficial to recyclers and the plastics industry.

  • Groups team up to reduce bottled water waste

    Brita, a water filtration brand, is joining UC Berkeley in a combined effort to increase campus sustainability efforts while offering students and the broader campus community healthier beverage choices.

  • Domenic Di Mondo receives Young Leader Award

    Domenic Di Mondo, technical director for GreenMantra Technologies, which produces high-value waxes from recycled plastics, was recently honored with the inaugural Young Leader Award from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

  • General Motors recycles two million Flint water bottles into fleece

    General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative.

  • APR releases polypropylene PCR Demand Survey results

    Demand for recycled polypropylene (PP) resin by major consumer brand companies is approaching 300 million pounds annually, according to a study by The Association of Plastic Recyclers, the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry.

  • EPS foam finds new life as art

    Utah sculptor Stephen Kesler began his career as a graphic artist at a marketing company. After 19 years of designing corporate logos and branding materials, websites and print pieces, Kesler discovered the work of Ron Mueck, whose artwork intrigued him. Within a few short years he was creating life-like pieces of his own.

  • ISRI adds bumper plastics specification to circular

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) board of directors recently approved the addition of an auto bumper plastics specification.

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group brings recycling to more parks

    A significant grant, made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful will help keep parks clean.

  • Inflatable lounger is made from plastic water bottles

    Eagles Nest Outfitters, creators of packable camping hammocks and other outdoor accessories, has teamed up with Unifi, Inc.’s Repreve® recycled fiber brand to launch the Eno Billow™ air lounge, the only inflatable lounger made with recycled plastic water bottles.

  • Borealis acquires two German plastics recyclers

    Borealis, a provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, has fully acquired the German plastics recyclers mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH.

  • Jeco Plastic Products names president

    Jeco Plastic Products, a manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the printing and automotive industries since 1973, has named Kent Anderson as president, effective June 27.

    Prior to joining Jeco, Anderson was vice president of business development at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and executive director of the Columbus (Indiana) Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has held manufacturing executive positions at Georg Utz and Audi. An engineering graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he also holds a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Anderson has four combat tours, most recently Iraqi Freedom in 2008 with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indiana National Guard.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Dart Container opens foam recycling drop-off in Chicago

    Dart Container Corporation has opened a new foam drop-off center in Chicago.

  • Expanding polystyrene recycling to curbside level

    In 2014, a dozen members of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) came together to establish the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) to provide direct support for the increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam.

  • Marine litter up by more than 165 percent draws attention

    Leaders from plastics organizations across the globe announced that there were approximately 260 projects planned, underway or completed as part of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter (Global Declaration), a public commitment by the global plastics industry to tackle plastic in the marine environment.

  • Unilever promotes equal treatment of all recyclables

    When it comes to recycling, soda bottles and shampoo bottles are not treated equally: only 14 percent of Americans are recycling their bathroom bottles, while more than half of American households are recycling their kitchen items.

  • DaVinci Roofscapes recycled 800,000 pounds of polymer in 2015

    DaVinci Roofscapes, a leader in synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles, disclosed that it almost tripled the amount of processed polymer it recycled in 2015 over the previous year.

  • Fast food companies move toward improved package recycling

    Chipotle, Dunkin’ Brands, and YUM! Brands have made new commitments toward packaging recycling and composting, leading the shareholder advocate group As You Sow to withdraw proposals filed at the companies.

  • Pacific Allied Products presented with recycling award

    Pacific Allied Products, a plastics manufacturer located in Oahu, Hawaii, has been presented with the EPS Industry Alliance’s 2016 Excellence in EPS Recycling Award.

  • 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.