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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

December 2017

EvoEco has announced that a San Francisco property management company has installed the EvoBin, a waste and recycling receptacle that utilizes smart technology to help users properly sort materials.

GreenMantra Technologies has launched a new website.

The Indiana Recycling Coalition has announced its executive director, Carey Hamilton, will step down next year to focus on her role as an Indiana State Representative.

Re-Trac Connect has rolled out a new website.

The Business Research Company has released a report predicting the plastic products manufacturing market will reach $1.2 trillion by 2020.

The Expanded Polystyrene Industry Alliance has released a report showing that nearly 119 million pounds of post-consumer and post-industrial EPS were recycled in 2016.

Novolex, a film manufacturer involved in recycling, has purchased Shields Bag and Printing Co., a manufacturer of flexible packaging products.

Plastics Recyclers Europe has released bale specification guidelines for PET, HDPE, PE film and PP film bales.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation has awarded its 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to James Souder, a master’s of environmental management candidate at Yale University.

Scrapo, an online platform for buying and selling scrap plastics, has launched.

The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) has announced a new campaign in Omaha, Neb. to increase collection and recycling of plastic bags and other PE film products.

November 2017

The American Chemistry Council has given its annual Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards to Amcor, the Association of Plastic Recyclers and Procter & Gamble.

Beccaria and its sales representative Zimmer America Recycling Solutions have announced the installation of two Beccaria TV16500 vertical mixing silos at Avangard Innovative’s Houston recycling plant.

Emterra, a Canadian recycling and waste management company, has announced its founder and CEO, Emmie Leung, has been named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s most powerful women in the category of entrepreneurs.

The HowToRecycle program announced Theo Chocolate will begin using its label on the company’s chocolate clusters packaging, which is a plastic pouch that can be recycled at many retail stores along with other polyethylene films.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has approved new specifications for rigid PVC recyclables.

Loop Industries announced its shares of common stock have been listed on the NASDAQ global market.

PetStar announced it hosted the annual National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) meeting at its headquarters in Toluca, Mexico.

The Earth Day Network, global coordinator of Earth Day, is launching an education and lobbying campaign called End Plastic Pollution.

Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling Systems has acquired DC Trash of Illinois, an independent hauler.

Machinex Industries has announced it is upgrading equipment its Récupération Mauricie MRF, installing a ballistic separator, two optical sorters, a new OCC separator, glass separator and more. The company also appointed Matt Risko as the company’s Canadian sales manager.

Tomra announced 50,000 members are using its app that rewards consumer participation in container deposit programs.

Unifi, maker of the Repreve brand of recycled plastic fiber, has recycled more than 10 billion PET bottles, and it plans to recycle 20 billion by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022.

Optical sorter provider Pellenc ST opened a new demonstration center at its France headquarters, as well as new test facilities in Fort Mill, S.C. and in Japan.

Global plastics maker Trinseo has announced its participation in the PlasticsEurope polystyrene initiative, which seeks to develop new solutions for recycling PS into high-end applications.

Agilyx Corporation has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, allowing the processor of difficult-to-recycle plastics to purchase a densifier for polystyrene recycling.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the Carolina Plastics Recycling Council have released a video as part of the Your Bottle Means Jobs campaign focusing on the domestic jobs created by plastics recycling.

Garnier announced a group of students at Union College in Lincoln, Neb. have won its Rinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign and will receive recycled-content garden furniture and other items.

Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber will be utilized in a new line of jeans from a company called Cone Denim.

October 2017

The China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA) has released new details on its ChinaReplas2017 conference, which will be held Nov. 7-8 in Beijing.

Renewlogy, formerly PK Clean, will become the newest member of the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics-to-Fuel and Petrochemistry Alliance (PFPA).

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider the addition of new specifications for rigid PVC recyclables during its fall meeting on Nov. 8.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has launched a new online testing platform allowing solid waste professionals to take certification exams remotely.

Consumer goods company SC Johnson announced that it expects to send zero manufacturing waste to landfills ahead of its 2021 goal.

Erema has held its Discovery Day event, a circular economy-focused meeting, for the first time in North America.

Machinex Group has appointed Chris Hawn as CEO of Machinex Technologies, its U.S. division.

The ReWall Company will double its manufacturing capacity of roofing products and other construction materials made from recycled cartons.