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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

January 2019

European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) released results of its second survey on the use of recycled plastics in Europe’s plastics converting industry.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) released an infographic explaining the significance of the PP recycling technology it is licensing to PureCycle Technologies.

TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky published his fourth book, “The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular,” which will be available starting Feb. 5. Additionally, Late July Snacks expanded its partnership with TerraCycle to offer free recycling for its entire snack product line.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) launched a platform titled EXTR:ACT to drive industry engagement in carton recycling across Europe.

CM Recycling Equipment Solutions, a manufacturer of tire shredding equipment and other recycling machinery, was acquired by Bengal Machine, parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill.

New York City’s ban on some foam polystyrene food service products took effect Jan. 1, after years of legal battles.

Oceanworks, a marketplace bringing together global collectors and processors of ocean plastic with manufacturers, brands and consumers, added Plastix Global to its member network.  

Reloop reports the European Union’s policy-making branches – the Commission, Parliament and Council – have agreed to a directive on single-use plastics. The directive covers product bans, extended producer responsibility systems, design requirements, collection targets and more.

Ravenswood, W.V. compounder Star Plastics, which handles recycled resin, surpassed five years with no lost time incidents.

December 2018

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report titled “Unwrapping Ambitious Packaging Commitments in the U.S.,” which explores packaging reuse and recycling goals.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its 2018 Recycling Industry Yearbook.

William McDonough, co-author of “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” and CEO of McDonough Innovation, will join the Circulate Capital Advisory Board.

European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and four other partners released a report titled “Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy.”

Styrenics Circular Solutions, which describes itself as a joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of plastics, incorporated as an independent organization and collaboration platform.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling hired Nick Doyle to fill a newly created position of sales manager for the west coast of North America.

Dow and Keep America Beautiful awarded a $40,000 grant to expand the Hefty EnergyBag program in Cobb County, Ga. and a $40,000 grant to start a new program in Lincoln, Neb.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) named Kyle Syndergaard, who is focusing his studies on material efficiency, as the recipient of its 2018 National Scholarship.

Johnson & Johnson joined the How2Recycle label system, and the consumer products company plans to roll out the instructional labels initially on its baby products.

Petcore Europe and Plastics Recyclers Europe released “Design for Recycling” guidelines for PET thermoformed trays.

RepescaPlas, a marine litter characterization and testing project in Europe, announced it has  collected more than 6,600 pounds of marine litter. Plastics Recycling Update previously wrote about the project in August, after it had collected 1,800 pounds of material.

November 2018

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) issued a release about its role advocating for the industry in front of the federal leaders around America Recycles Day.

Loop Industries announced that the company’s chief financial officer, Frank Zitella, will resign from the company effective Dec. 6 to take a new position. Loop also closed a private placement that raised 2.45 million Canadian (about $1.84 million U.S.) for the company.

SSI Shredding Systems released a video highlighting its partnership with KW Plastics.

Agilyx signed a letter of intent to pursue development of a polystyrene recycling facility with AmSty, a polystyrene and styrene monomer producer.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) highlighted a new study that found replacing plastic with alternative materials in packaging would cause negative environmental impacts.

Braskem, a major virgin plastics producer, announced several recycling and sustainability goals.

Charter NEX Films Inc. General Counsel Bryan Steil won the Wisconsin Congressional seat being vacated by outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan. In August, Plastics Recycling Update wrote about Steil, whose company uses post-consumer plastic, advancing to the general election.

Plastics Recyclers Europe released a statement calling for an overhaul in inefficient, unsustainable recycling practices in response to the market turbulence caused by China’s scrap import restrictions.

Academic journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling will publish an article examining and questioning pyrolysis. An online version of the article is available in its entirety for a limited period of time.

The Global Recycling Standards Organization, which administers the the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS), elected Darrell Hogan as its chairman for a two-year term. Hogan is vice president of global operations and compliance at AER Worldwide.

Online scrap material trading platform announced its launch.

Equipment manufacturer Weima announced that sales manager Bill Zoller died Oct. 29 after a battle with cancer.