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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

March 2018

Advocacy group As You Sow announced actor and U.N. Environment Goodwill ambassador Adrian Grenier will present Starbucks with a shareholder resolution March 21, asking the company to phase out its plastic straw usage and meet its packaging reuse and recycling goals.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will consider the addition of flexible PVC to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular at the group’s next meeting on April 16.

Petcore Europe has added 11 new members representing different sectors of the PET industry so far this year.

The Ohio Recycling Coalition (ORC) has been formed by recycling advocates in the state.

Terracycle and health product company Twinlab have partnered to provide a mail-in recycling program for Twinlab’s packaging.

Tomra has named Brian Gist as the company’s UK and Nordics Managing Director.

Emterra Group has hired Gordon Day as its vice president of circular economy and sustainability, which is part of the Canadian company’s national leadership team.

Garnier launched the second year of Rinse, Recycle, Repeat, a collaborative recycling campaign with TerraCycle and The campaign features actress Mandy Moore as ambassador.

Metro Vancouver, the regional authority for the Vancouver, British Columbia area, announced an expanded polystyrene disposal ban will take effect July 1.

The Plastics Industry Association has hired Shannon Crawford as its director of state government affairs. Crawford has prior experience in government affairs at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

Environmental organizations formed a campaign titled Starbucks: Break Free From Plastic, which calling on the global coffee company to switch to using a paper cup without a plastic lining, eliminate its usage of plastic straws and more.

February 2018

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has published a year-end report on scrap industry developments in 2017.

The Plastics Industry Association has released a recap of the first phase of its End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling demonstration project.

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has released more details about events tied to the first-ever Global Recycling Day, slated for March 18.

The Foam Recycling Coalition has given a $49,250 grant to Gaudreau Environnement of Victoriaville, Quebec to purchase a densifier, allowing it to process EPS.

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) recently hired Alasdair Carmichael as the group’s program director.

Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water has begun producing a 700 milliliter bottle made with 100 percent recycled PET.

French company Pellenc ST and German company Sesotec have entered a partnership agreement covering the distribution of flake-sorting equipment in France, Japan and the U.K. as well as sensor-based sorting equipment in France and Japan.

Algalita, an organization combating plastic pollution, held its International Youth Summit, in which 115 students from 10 countries convened in Dana Point, Calif. to discuss solutions to reduce pollution.

Baltimore City Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia have begun phasing out the use of polystyrene food-service materials, assisted by the nonprofit Urban School Food Alliance.

The Measurement Matters Summit, which will take place Feb. 27-March 1 in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced it is offering a live streaming option for stakeholders who can’t attend in person.

GreenMantra Technologies has named Jodie Morgan as its CEO.

Miami Is Not Plastic, an outreach effort to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, has been launched by several Miami-area restaurants.

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI) has realigned its corporate structure and made name changes to better serve brand owner package development needs.

Starlinger has installed the first of two recycling lines at a new Avangard Innovative film processing facility in Houston.

Unifi has appointed Eddie Ingle to be the company’s vice president of global corporate sustainability, supply chain and general manager of recycled chip and flake.

January 2018

European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has launched a second survey asking converters about their usage of recycled plastics. Results from the first edition were published last fall.

Unifi elected Albert Carey, CEO of PepsiCo North America, to its board of directors. Unifi also announced the recipients of its first Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards.

US Plastics Recovery has expanded into a 75,000-square-foot Lawrenceville, Ga. processing facility, which is 50 percent larger than its former space.

Avangard Innovative has named Jon Stephens as its chief operating officer. Stephens previously served as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful have opened the application process for their sixth-annual grant program to help organizations and communities expand recycling access.

The Plastics Industry Association has announced its adoption of a sustainability statement.

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and European Plastics Converters (EuPC) issued statements in support of the European Commission’s strategy for plastics in a circular economy (PRE and EuPC). European Bioplastics (EUBP) criticized it, saying it ignores the benefits of bio-derived and biodegradable plastics and limits the focus to mechanical recycling.

Unifi has announced North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited the company’s facility in Yadkinville, N.C.

WS Packaging Group has created a new paper for use as a catalog cover, called the Eco Card, that is recyclable because it avoids the use of a film base ply.

Equipment company Crigler Enterprises has named Kathryn Renzi, who was previously executive vice president, as company president. The company also announced Wayne Crigler will serve as CEO.

Ettlinger announced it has been acquired by Swiss company Maag, which produces gear pumps, pelletizing systems and filtration systems.

The Recycling Council of Alberta has issued a reminder about the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) online tool to report loads of recyclables that have no market due to China’s import restrictions or have been rejected by Chinese customs officials.

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has named Jacy Bolden as the first full-time director of the California Carpet Stewardship Program.

CPG International, a manufacturer of construction materials made from recycled plastics, has announced it is rebranding and changing its name to The AZEK Company.

Advocacy group As You Sow has penned a letter on behalf of investors calling on carpet manufacturers Mohawk Industries, Interface and Shaw Industries Group to design carpet to be more recyclable and to develop “meaningful” recycling goals. As You Sow also recently refiled a shareholder resolution asking McDonald’s to reconsider its use of polystyrene foodservice materials worldwide.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is accepting entries for its 2018 Design for Recycling Award, which recognizes manufacturers who have taken steps to incorporate recyclability into product design.

Equipment provider STEINERT Elektromagnetbau has changed its name to Steinert to reflect the evolving nature of the company’s equipment offerings.

Tomra has announced it will supply Australian materials recovery facility operator SKM Recycling with 40 optical sorting units to be installed in three single-stream recycling facilities.