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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

Plastics Recycling Industry Announcements

June 2017

Bunting Magnetics has appointed two new sales representatives, who will cover the Northeast and Southwest regions.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has named WestRock’s Linda Leone to its board of directors.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) have pledged to collaboratively address solid waste challenges, aiming to advance sustainable materials management in the Northeast.

The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) has launched a survey to gauge the current and future use of recycled materials in the European plastics conversion industry.

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has selected Joseph Reposa as its executive director, replacing Mike OConnell, who will retire this month.

Cart manufacturer Toter has released “Extreme Tote,” a new recycling cart marked by its durability.

The American Chemistry Council released a statement following the United Nations Ocean Conference, pushing for a focus on improving waste management as opposed to source reduction and product bans.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has elected a new board of directors.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released a new toolkit in advance of the 2017 Safety Stand-Down Day, which will take place June 14. ISRI also announced it is celebrating its 30th anniversary and published a timeline of major events in the organization’s history.

The Closed Loop Fund released an impact report detailing its 2016 activities and results.

Tomra, a designer and manufacturer of recycling equipment, has appointed Fabrizio Radice as global sales and marketing director.

May 2017

Entek, an extruder manufacturer, received a U.S. patent for its self-aligning shafts and couplings.

Nalgene is partnering with Reverb, a nonprofit environmental organization, to reduce plastic waste at live music events around the country.

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) will accept nominations for its 2017 awards until June 30, 2017. NRC’s deadline for Minneapolis-area college students to apply for scholarships from the Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund is June 1, 2017.

Carbios, a French company specializing in enzymatic PET recycling technologies, announced that it has joined the Brussels-based trade association Petcore Europe.

Fimic has appointed Zimmer America Recycling Solutions as the exclusive North American sales and service representative for the Italian company’s melt filtration and related products.

Loop Industries, which is commercializing a heatless, pressureless depolymerization technology, has released a video about its PET recycling process.

Shredding equipment company Untha America has hired Kenneth Tran as a sales engineer serving clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Recycled polyester fiber manufacturer US Fibers received a Recycling Industry Excellence Award at a South Carolina Department of Commerce industry appreciation event in Columbia, S.C.

The Closed Loop Foundation is asking private companies in the recycling industry to fill out a survey for its Capital Landscape Study, which will be released later this year and will provide key data on investments in post-consumer residential recycling and recycled-content manufacturing.

Composite decking manufacturer Trex has announced which K-12 schools won in the 10th-annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge.

Brussels-based trade association Petcore Europe has added the following new members, which represent the complete PET value chain: Hordijk, Sukano, Pellenc ST, M&G, SUEZ, Plastipak, Sidel and L’Oréal.

San Diego-headquartered CP Manufacturing, one of the CP Group companies, is celebrating 40 years of supplying equipment and processing solutions to the recycling industry.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its 2017 legislative agenda detailing its recycling advocacy priorities.  

April 2017

Austria-based recycling equipment company Erema Group reported sales of 138 million euros (about $148 million) during the 2016-17 financial year, a record for the company.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), an Oregon-headquartered recycling equipment company, has unveiled an artificially intelligent robotic sortation system called Max-AI.

New Era Cap Co. has released its first NBA team hat made with recycled plastic bottles. The hat features the Portland Trail Blazers.

Rapid Granulator will begin producing its full range of granulating and shredding equipment in Pittsburgh, a change from its practice of contracting out U.S. production.

Berry Plastics Group, a packaging maker involved in plastics recycling, announced it is changing its name to Berry Global Group.

PET bottle reclaimer CarbonLite Industries has hired C1S Group as the primary contractor for construction of a new recycling facility in Texas.

Waste and recycling industry veterans Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have announced the name of their Ontario, Canada plastic packaging recycling company: ReVital Polymers. A new website,, has also been launched for the company.

Petcore Europe has appointed Christian Crépet as its new executive director.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has hired Brian Wagner as its senior director.

Rubicon Global has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Emerging Innovator Program.

ZenRobotics has sold its three-armed robotic sortation unit to a Singapore materials recovery facility (MRF) operated by V8 Environmental.

Harris Waste Management Group has added Plum Creek Environmental Technologies as a new distributor of its equipment in four U.S. states.

The National Waste & Recycling Association has announced the winners of its annual industry awards and the inductees into its hall of fame.

The Recycling Partnership has begun accepting proposals for its next round of recycling-related grants, which will be available until funds run out.

A new entity called the Nebraska Recycling Council has been formed by merging the Nebraska State Recycling Association with WasteCap Nebraska.

An Introduction to Zero Waste course will be taught by Gary Liss at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Convention this month.