Back to Top

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

March 2019

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced that 13 more companies have joined its Recycling Demand Champions Campaign.

Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill banning expanded polystyrene (EPS) foodservice packaging statewide.

Nestlé and Veolia will collaborate in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America on projects advancing plastic waste collection, sorting and recycling, with an emphasis on flexible plastic packaging.

PepsiCo Latin America launched Recycling with Purpose, a program to promote recycling through outreach and incentive efforts.

Plastic packaging developer PTI named Sumit Mukherjee as the company’s chief technology officer.

Cannabis packaging company Sana Packaging launched a line of 100 percent recycled ocean plastic packaging in partnership with Oceanworks.

Tomra Sorting Recycling published an e-book examining the use of 100 percent recycled plastic in products and packaging.

Spanish plastics research center AIMPLAS issued a press release noting the RepescaPlas marine plastics project in Spain will begin focusing on finding recovery solutions for litter collected during the first year of the project.

Circulate Capital released “Investing to Reduce Plastic Pollution in South and Southeast Asia: a handbook for action.”

A team of engineering students at San Diego State University, working with Standard Filter Corporation, is seeking plastics recycling industry input on ways to repurpose or recycle the polymer waste (polyester, polypropylene, and PPS) produced in the manufacturing of filter bags.

SC Johnson will build an additional recycling center in Indonesia, after seeing more than 20,000 tweets and retweets supporting the reduction in ocean plastics.

Shoe company Sperry introduced a footwear line made with BIONIC brand fabric, which uses recovered marine plastics.

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) published a list of events taking place around the world for Global Recycling Day, held on March 18.

First Environment hired Mike Levy as a certified life cycle executive at the consulting firm. Levy formerly worked at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where he was involved in a variety of projects to promote recycling.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced its 2019 advocacy agenda, which is based largely on the organization’s legislative accomplishments in 2018.

Nestlé Waters North America named David Tulauskas as its vice president and chief sustainability officer.

ProAmpac, a manufacturer of flexible packaging, has developed several products that are recyclable, compostable, incorporate recycled content or are made from bio-based materials.

The Smart Prosperity Institute released “A Vision for a Circular Economy for Plastics in Canada.”

February 2019

Designer Linda Bergroth received a sustainability award for her Zero Waste Bistro temporary restaurant project, which incorporated a table made from recycled plastic.

SC Johnson will launch a Windex brand product in a 100 percent recycled marine plastics bottle.

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) contributed to a report covering the health impact of plastic at various stages of its life cycle.

Loop Industries partnered with Drinkworks, which produces plastic pods used in a home bar system, to recycle the company’s pods.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) released a Design for Recycled Content Guide, aimed at brand owners and suppliers looking to use recycled material in packaging.

TerraCycle partnered with Tide to recycle the company’s Tide Eco-Box packaging.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) published its annual report for 2018.

Plastics processor Axiom Polymers released a statement in support of a Basel Convention proposal to increase restrictions on global scrap plastic shipments.

Hexa Research forecasts the global recycled plastics market will reach nearly $55 billion by 2025, with market expansion driven by brand owner commitments and environmental pressure.

Loop Industries announced that Danone will purchase RPET from Loop’s joint-venture U.S. facility with Indorama Ventures.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) launched the Goals Database, a compilation of packaging sustainability commitments.

EREMA Group acquired 60 percent ownership of recycling equipment manufacturer PLASMAC, expanding EREMA’s range of equipment for in-house recycling applications.

Plastic product manufacturer Inteplast Group released a coloring book about three plastic bags named Polly, Ethel and Lenny to teach children about recycling.

Loop Industries signed a multi-year agreement to supply Loop-branded RPET for use in L’OCCITANE en Provence bottles.

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) announced the hiring of Darrel Collier as its new executive director, effective April 1. Collier replaces outgoing Executive Director Rick Moore, who has been in the role since October 2013.

Plastic Bank collected nearly 2.4 million pounds of plastic at risk of entering the ocean in 2018. Plastics Recycling Update wrote about the group in fall 2017.

PrimaLoft partnered with five outdoor brands to introduce PrimaLoft Bio, a 100 percent recycled plastic, biodegradable apparel insulation and performance fabric.

Walmart Canada made a variety of waste reduction and recycling commitments, including a goal to use 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for the company’s private brand products by 2025.

January 2019

Adidas plans to produce 11 million pairs of shoes made with ocean plastic this year, up from 5 million pairs in 2018.

Highland Spring, a Scottish bottled water supplier, will make a 100 percent recycled plastic bottle a permanent component of its product line.

KFC committed that all consumer-facing plastic packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025.

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) asserted that climate change is backed up by scientifically proven facts and pledged not to remain neutral toward efforts to deny or downplay climate change.

Pyrowave, which specializes in microwave depolymerization, made several recent personnel appointments in key leadership positions.

Trex, an end user of recovered plastic film, released its 2018 sustainability report.

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.