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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

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.

September 2017

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its sixth-annual Scrap Yearbook. In addition, at its fall board meeting in November, the ISRI Board of Directors will consider reclassifying “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” in its scrap specifications.

The National Association for PET Container Resources has launched a new website.

Keep America Beautiful received the most points in More Recycling’s Spread It Forward effort, meaning the nonprofit organization will receive funding to support its “I Want to be Recycled” campaign.

Tomra announced that it has installed its 500th T-90 reverse vending machine for redeeming and collecting beverage containers.

The Recycling Partnership has released a social media kit to help programs with outreach throughout the year.

Erema and Krones will collaborate in the area of PET recycling systems to “offer both the beverage and PET recycling industries an optimal line or an entire factory.”

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) re-elected David Borsuk of Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. and Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel Industries to its board, and it elected a new board member, Adam Dumes of Cohen Recycling. In addition, ISRI announced that it has teamed up with law enforcement to fight scrap materials theft.

More Recycling will run its Spread It Forward Campaign, which increases awareness about new recycling educational tools, until 3 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 8. Participants will earn points for a recycling organization of their choice, and the organization with the most points will receive funding.

Trex, which makes composite building products using recycled PE films, has named grocery store company Kroger its 2016 Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year.

August 2017

The California Product Stewardship Council has announced the winners of its annual Arrow Awards. The winners include Planet Recycling Inc., a carpet and pad recycling company.

Keep America Beautiful has announced the launch of the seventh annual Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide school-based recycling competition.

The Solid Waste Association of North America has announced the winners of its 2017 Excellence Awards. Bulk Handling Systems designed, manufactured and installed two materials recovery facilities that took the top awards in the recycling systems category.

People Against Dirty, which makes Method cleaning products, will include the How2Recycle label on a new stand-up pouch that’s recyclables via retail film collections.

The National Recycling Coalition has awarded scholarships to four Minneapolis-area college students who are interested in recycling. The students will receive $1,500 to assist with college tuition, as well as admission to the Resource Recycling Conference.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has published keynote presentations delivered at its 2017 Product Stewardship Forum. The keynotes were by John Coyne of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance and Scott Cassel of PSI.

Unifi, Inc., a maker of recycled polyester fibers, announced two executive appointments: Richard Gerstein as executive vice president of global branded premium value added products and chief marketing officer, and John Vegas as executive vice president, global chief human resources officer.

Amut’s recycling division has been selected to provide polyolefin recycling plants to two European waste management companies.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has announced it is accepting nominations for its annual Plastics Recycling Showcase, which highlights industry innovations with a positive impact on plastics collection and recycling.

Erema has founded a business unit called Powerfil, which will provide the company’s melt filtration technologies.

Machinex has been awarded a contract to provide a single-stream MRF capable of sorting 25 tons per hour in North Charleston, S.C. The company has also supplied a complete system to a new MRF in Townsville, located in the North Queensland region of Australia.