Coalition seeks top ideas from recycling’s best and brightest

Coalition seeks top ideas from recycling’s best and brightest

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Solid waste and recycling giant Waste Management, as well as global aluminum firm Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, glass recycling firm eCullet and Resource Recycling, Inc. (the parent company of this publication) have jointly announced a new competition aimed at incubating and rewarding innovative recycling ideas.

The Recycling Innovators Forum is open to anyone with an original, actionable and innovative idea for the future of recycling. RFPs in a dozen categories have been released along with the announcement, including topics such as improving data for collection programs, new ways to fund municipal recycling, business and market development, processing technologies for a range of material streams, and many more.

"Coca-Cola has long supported innovations in the recycling industry. We know more innovations are needed to reach our long-term goal of recovering 100 percent of the equivalent bottles and cans we place in the market," said Alain Robichaud, president of Coca-Cola Recycling LLC in a prepared statement. "We are pleased to sponsor the Recycling Innovators Forum and Competition, which we hope will identify innovations that lead to higher recycling rates and efficiencies."

Those wishing to participate must submit abstracts before January 7. Once submitted, proposals will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including scalability, implementation time-frame (ideally between one-to-five years), affordability and other criteria.

Submitters of the top proposals will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges and the attendees of the Recycling Innovators Forum, August 26, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. The first place prize includes a $20,000 honorarium, publication in Resource Recycling magazine, assistance with business plan development and the opportunity to pitch the idea to a panel of venture capitalists at the 2013 Resource Recycling Conference. Runner-up prizes for second and third place are also available, as well as networking opportunities with businesses and other potential backers.

More information, including proposal format guidelines, a full list of RFPs and key deadlines, can be found at www.recyclinginnovators.com.

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