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Industry Announcements


Plastics Recycling Update highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. If your business or group has a development to share, email [email protected].

Plastics Recycling Industry Announcements

September 2018

Agilyx appointed David Aardsma and Graeme Burnett to the company’s board of directors.

American Express issued a $250,000 grant to the Ocean Conservancy in support of several ocean plastics cleanup and prevention projects.

Clearly Clean Products rolled out the Roll-Over-Wrap, a 100 percent recyclable smooth-edge overwrap tray line for packaging.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) hired Scott Wiggins as its vice president of EH&S.

PepsiCo joined the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, a group that aims to produce a 100 percent bio-derived PET bottle. Other members include Danone and Nestlé Waters.

ReVital PolymersPyrowave and INEOS Styrolution have formed a partnership to recycle post-consumer EPS.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) launched a series of online training courses titled the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging.

TerraCycle and several partner companies announced the winners of their Recycled Playground Challenge. The grand prize winner, Bethesda Elementary School in Waukehsa, Wis., won a playground made from oral care scrap plastics.

Unifi awarded its Repreve Champions of Sustainability Award to Intradeco Apparel, which uses recycled polyester Repreve fabric in its products.

Avery Dennison announced it will introduce a liner made from post-consumer recycled PET in a pressure-sensitive label available in Europe.

Plastics Recyclers Europe and the Association of Plastic Recyclers released testing protocols to help determine whether film is recyclable.

Market research firm Smithers Pira released a report offering forecasts for recycling, recovery and reuse of packaging globally in the next five years.

Keep America Beautiful kicked off its eighth annual Recycle-Bowl, a four-week recycling competition for students around the country.

PE producer Nova Chemicals will contribute $2 million over the next three years to the global initiative Project STOP, which works to combat the ocean plastics problem.

Petcore Europe hired ICIS Consulting to conduct its annual analysis of PET recycling across Europe.

The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team partnered with PP producer Braskem for a nine-year project that involves collecting bottle caps from Eagles facilities and sending them to reclaimer R.J. Evercrest Polymers for recycling.

Temperature controlled packaging producer Softbox has launched a service to recycle EPS and other materials for customers across the U.S. and Canada.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) approved a technical policy that addresses recycling metrics and measurement.

Unifi, maker of the Repreve brand of recycled polyester, helped raise awareness on the importance of plastic recycling during the 79th annual Wyndham Championship golf event in Greensboro, N.C.

August 2018

4Ocean, a company that sells recycled-plastic bracelets to finance ocean cleanups, has opened a division in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, marking the organization’s third site.

Keep America Beautiful announced that registration has opened for the 2018 America Recycles Day, which will be held Nov. 15 as well as during the weeks surrounding that date.

Sheet manufacturer Evertis Mexico S.A. de CV and virgin resin supplier APG Polytech have joined the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR).

An article penned by Doug Woodring of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, Rod Richardson of the Grace Richardson Fund and Scott Cassel of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) explains how “clean tax cuts” can spur investment in recycling infrastructure.

PepsiCo has published more than 250 free recycling-related resources as part of its Recycle Rally, a national school recycling rate competition.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is seeking nominations for the 2019 APR Plastics Recycling Showcase, which will be held at the Plastics Recycling Conference in March 2019 near Washington, D.C. The deadline to submit is Nov. 2.

The governments of Chile (link) and New Zealand (link) have announced plans to ban thin plastic bags.

Michigan recycling companies Padnos and GLR Advanced Recycling have formed a business partnership, which company leaders say will allow them to serve more Michigan customers and also grow to neighboring markets.

Polystyvert announced the opening of its Montreal polystyrene dissolution recycling plant, which is capable processing 600 metric tons per year.

Closed Loop Partners CEO Ron Gonen penned an op-ed detailing the economic benefits of recycling.

If Trash Could Talk, a book of poetry about waste and wastefulness, has been released by New York City author Jacquie Ottman.

U.K. consulting group Eunomia has launched a month-long photography competition to raise awareness of plastic pollution in rivers.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) is accepting submissions for the Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award competition through Sept. 12.

Ocean Polymers announced it is looking to sell its plastics processing technology to waste management companies on the Arabian Peninsula.

Consumer products company Seventh Generation has introduced a cap made of 100 percent post-consumer plastic for its Natural Dish Liquid bottle.

The American Chemistry Council praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing S. 756, also known as the Save Our Seas Act, which reauthorizes federal funding for marine debris prevention projects.

Advocacy group Break Free From Plastic issued a statement in opposition to Starbucks’ move to phase out plastic straws and replace them with a new design of plastic lid. The group expressed doubt the lids will actually get recycled.

Research firm IHS Markit predicts growing demand for biodegradable plastics as a result of increasing regulations and bans on single-use plastic items.

The National Recycling Coalition is accepting nominations for a variety of awards, which will be presented at the 2018 Resource Recycling Conference in St. Louis.

July 2018

4Ocean, a company that sells recycled-plastic bracelets to finance ocean cleanups, has collected 1 million pounds of marine debris.

A consortium of European organizations has called for recycled content mandates for plastic manufacturing. The group includes recycling companies, product producers, environmental organizations, government agencies and more.

GreenBlue announced that it has placed its first How2Recycle ad in New York City’s Times Square, at the corner of West 43rd Street and Broadway.

Interface, a carpet manufacturer, reported on its 2017 sustainability achievements, which include diverting 13 million pounds of post-consumer carpet.

Petcore Europe has added 15 new members so far this year, bringing its total membership to 50 companies and five associations.

The Plastics Industry Association has released the Phase I Technology Package and Literature Review from its NEMO plastic film recycling demonstration project.

Adidas has pledged that all of the plastic used in its products will be recycled content by 2024.

Packaging company Alpla and equipment supplier Fromm have partnered to increase PET recycling in Germany, according to Plastics News Europe.

With support of Closed Loop Partners and Ocean Conservancy, an impact-focused investment firm called Circulate Capital has launched. It will help fund companies, innovation and projects that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia.

A number of major industry groups have been meeting to discuss ways to advance the recycling industry, including the American Forest & Paper Association, AMERIPEN, Association of Plastic Recyclers, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Keep America Beautiful,  Northeast Recycling Council, National Recycling Coalition, National Waste & Recycling Association, Plastics Industry Association, The Recycling Partnership, Southeast Recycling Development Council, Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Solid Waste Association of North America.

PepsiCo has reported the company uses an average of 9 percent recycled PET in its beverage bottles in the U.S. and 16 percent in its European containers.

The Recycling Partnership has released details on how to apply for its new Coastal Community Recycling Grant program.

Unifi, makers of Repreve brand of recycled polyester fiber, will provide grants to Pac-12 universities to support recycling, as part of Unifi’s new partnership with the Pac-12 conference.

FIMIC, in partnership with Spartanburg, S.C.-based Zimmer America Recycling Solutions, recently installed an RAS500 model melt filter to process post-consumer PP at Aaron Industries in Leominster, Mass.

Major grocery store chain ALDI has joined the How2Recycle program.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that its Hyatt hotels will make plastic straws and drink picks available only upon request after Sept. 1, 2018.

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) released an overview of PET recycling capacity in Europe.

British Columbia-based Regional Recycling and international nonprofit group Ocean Legacy partnered to allow consumers to donate deposit beverage containers to the Ocean Legacy Foundation.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling appointed Rick Fenton sales manager for the East Coast of North America.