Coming soon: the next big idea in recycling

Coming soon: the next big idea in recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Single-stream collection of recyclable materials. Optical sortation of plastic beverage containers. Composite lumber made from scrap plastic film. What is the next concept or item that will help shape the future of the recycling industry? The 2013 Recycling Innovators Forum hopes to find that "next big thing."

Out of nearly 50 proposals submitted, nine finalists have been selected to compete in the inaugural Recycling Innovators Forum, to be held August 26 at the Louisville Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Recycling Innovators Forum was created to recognize and reward original and actionable innovations that have the potential to transform the recycling industry. The Forum has long-term goals of fostering invention, originality and measurable improvement in recycling customer experiences, processes, technology and markets. The nine finalists offer promising ideas covering a broad range of topics including plastics sortation and processing, new opportunities for recycled glass, multi-family recycling, social-local-mobile technology and more. Click on the banner below for a sneak peek at these novel ideas.

Finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of recycling professionals, venture capitalists and clean-tech investors on August 26, the day before the fourth annual Resource Recycling Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The judges, recognized leaders in recycling and market development, will choose three top finalists who will receive honorariums of $20,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place) and $2,000 (third place). Anyone can attend the Recycling Innovators Forum to learn more about the next big idea in recycling.

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