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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

August 2017

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.

July 2017

Chaz Miller has been recognized by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for Miller’s 27 years with the National Waste and Recycling Association.

TerraCycle has been named a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin have launched the Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory, which lists various outlets for recycled materials in the state.

The California Resource Recovery Association has hired Jenna Abbott as its executive director.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has released “Redesigning Plastics,” a lesson plan to help educators teach circular design.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has released an education kit to help municipal programs introduce or expand food-service packaging recovery in their recycling streams.

AmeriScraps, an online scrap trading platform, has announced it will launch in late July.

Bulk Handling Systems has named Rich Reardon as managing director of Max-AI, the company’s artificial intelligence technology.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has adopted a policy position on the use of degradable additives in plastic packaging.

Machinex Technologies has hired Will Herzog as a sales manager for the company’s USA Western region.

The National Recycling Coalition is seeking candidates for the position of executive director, which will initially be a six-month position.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced the formation of a safety training program titled “Hazard Recognition in Recycling.”

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has appointed Darrell Smith as its president and CEO. Smith has a background advocating for the mining, petroleum and chemical industries.

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.