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Industry Announcements


Resource Recycling highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. For information on submitting press releases or contributing op-eds to us, review our FAQ page.

Recycling industry announcements

January 2020

Call2Recycle became the exclusive U.S. distributor for CellBlock Fire Containment Systems, which manufactures battery protection products.

Cascades launched a 100% recycled cardboard tray for food packaging in the North American market. 

GFL Environmental is working to acquire Michigan hauler and liquid waste company American Waste for $380. 

Midwest Recycled and Coated Containerboard Mill LLC of Combined Locks, Wis. was acquired by private equity firm Industrial Opportunity Partners purchased.

The National Recycling Coalition has scheduled the next segment of its Market Development Workshop series: a one-day event on Feb. 11 in Memphis, Tenn. The workshop is a collaboration between the NRC, Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. EPA.

Recycle Colorado hired Barbara Bellanova as its new full-time executive director.

Glass manufacturer Ardagh Group appointed a new chief sustainability officer and created a “Global Sustainability Action Group.” In related news, New Mill Capital has purchased and will auction equipment from Ardagh’s closed bottle plant in Lincoln, Ill.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law a ban on single-use plastic and polystyrene foodservice ware on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter nominated officers for the 2020-22 term of the organization’s Board of Directors.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) adopted a policy position stating that mandatory recycled content inclusion requirements are needed to increase the use of recycled materials.

Secondary glass processor Strategic Materials announced the opening of a 30,000-square-foot Houston facility that will manufacture a crushed glass abrasive product made from recycled glass. The location will replace the company’s current Houston facility mid-year and allows the company to triple its product output.

Waste Connections announced the company has completed acquisitions in Alaska, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

December 2019

BigBelly, a manufacturer of solar-powered waste and recycling receptacles, began working with a private equity firm, looking to secure more investment and accelerate the company’s growth.

Four members of Congress launched a workgroup to boost plastics recycling through technology investments and more.

The Michigan Department of Treasury issued a finding that kombucha beverages are subject to the state’s container deposit requirements. A recent change in how the state defines “non-alcoholic” meant the beverage type would no longer be exempt.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper launched a food waste reduction effort, challenging local restaurants to implement waste reduction strategies during the holiday season.

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) released a guide of recommended practices for MRF workers and other waste facility employees. NWRA’s Women’s Council also published tips for companies looking to start an internship program.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a paint stewardship bill into law, setting the stage for a statewide program to be run by industry nonprofit group PaintCare. New York is now the 10th state (in addition to Washington, D.C.) to pass paint stewardship legislation.

Recology released its sustainability report, which details how much material the company recycled in 2018, describes various MRF upgrades and more. 

Continuus Materials, a manufacturer and recycling facility operator, hired Jack Winterowd as lead scientist and Colin Litow as director of product management.

The Global Recycling Foundation announced that Global Recycling Day will be observed on March 18, 2020.

Plastics producer Indorama joined The Recycling Partnership.

The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) launched its 2020 academic scholarship program.

Recycling Equipment Manufacturing appointed Garry Hojan as general manager and Joshua Burns as vice president of sales.

Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow released a report detailing its activities throughout 2019.

Scott Smithline, director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), plans to resign.

GFL Environmental acquired the AGI group of companies, which includes multiple recycling firms. GFL recently cancelled a plan to take the company public.

November 2019

AMP Robotics raised $16 million in funding from multiple venture capital firms.

The Carton Recycling Council is celebrating its 10th year of advocating for carton recycling.

The Glass Recycling Coalition awarded its first MRF Glass Certifications to Balcones Resources and Sedona Recycles. The certification program launched this fall.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is accepting entries for its 2020 Design for Recycling Award.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which operates Oregon’s container deposit system, launched a program that allows users to transfer redemption money into a college savings account.

GFL Environmental cancelled its planned initial public offering after reportedly falling short of its target share price.

The New York City Council passed commercial franchise legislation that divides the city into at least 20 commercial waste zones.

The Quebec Environment Department will add household appliances to its extended producer responsibility program.

The Responsible Battery Coalition and Argonne National Laboratory partnered on a research project exploring battery design for recyclability.

Sims Metal Management, which is the parent company for Sims Municipal Recycling, published its 2019 sustainability report.

The Recycling Partnership officially launched its Pathway to Recyclability initiative, which will explore some of the needs outlined in the organization’s Bridge to Circularity report.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute began a $2.5 million study to develop robotics for recycling centers.

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) announced the winners of its 2019 Arrow Awards.

Keep America Beautiful chose the American Chemistry Council (ACC) as its 2019 Vision for America Award recipient.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) released a report on landfill tipping fees, noting that they increased by an average of 5.2% from April 2018 to April 2019.

Nestlé Waters North America introduced a line of DC Comics-themed 100% RPET water bottles.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) announced the winners of its 2019 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards.

Waste Connections and Waste Management each released their 2019 sustainability reports, which include details on materials recycled and greenhouse gas impacts.

October 2019

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting applications for the second season of Colorado NextCycle, a state-funded incentive program designed to encourage businesses to make products from recovered commodities, such as recyclables or organic materials, instead of using new materials.

Gerber partnered with TerraCycle to launch a recycling program for baby food packaging.

Paint stewardship group PaintCare is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Recycle Track Systems acquired recycling rewards program Recyclebank.

Mixed-waste MRF operator RePower South will accept single-stream recyclables from Charleston County, S.C.

Cleveland Vibrator Company released a white paper about selecting vibratory feeders for industrial applications.

CP Group and Balcones Resources released details on their recent retrofit of the Balcones single-stream MRF in Austin, Texas.

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) launched

Graphic Packaging International introduced a recyclable paperboard packaging product to hold cans, an alternative to plastic six-pack carriers.

The National Recycling Coalition and the California Resource Recovery Association will host a recycling market development workshop next month in Chula Vista, Calif.

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is being held this week.

Athens Services announced that its Sun Valley MRF in north Los Angeles has reached more than three years and counting with no lost-time injuries.

U.K. waste management firm Biffa called for a ban on exporting plastics from the U.K. An export ban, the company asserted, would encourage domestic plastics recycling.

Clorox announced a number of sustainability pledges, including that the company will cut its virgin plastic use in half by 2030.

Closed Loop Partners invested in Algramo, a Chilean company that promotes a vending machine and dispenser system that eschew single-use packaging.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute announced that Natha Dempsey will serve as the association’s president beginning Nov. 1, replacing longtime leader Lynn Dyer. Dempsey currently serves as vice president.

The second International E-Waste Day was held on Oct. 14, featuring activities by organizations around the world to promote proper electronics recycling.

NSF International began developing a “Recycled Material Standard” on behalf of environmental organization GreenBlue, which oversees the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition launched the Protective Packaging Design Challenge.

Unilever pledged to reduce its plastic packaging by half, eliminating more than 100,000 metric tons of the materials. The company also vowed to accelerate its use of recycled plastic.

The End of Waste Foundation completed the first project using its “Blockchain Waste Traceability Software,” which collects and reports data to track recycled glass as it moves through the recycling chain.

The Foam Recycling Coalition awarded the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) of Michigan a $50,000 grant to buy a foam densifier.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced several promotions to fill the positions of chief operating officer, chief counsel and chief of staff.

Resource Recycling, Inc., publisher of Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News, created an FAQ page for people interested in submitting press releases and op-eds for publication. 

The Recycling Partnership launched a Film and Flexibles Task Force, with Amazon, Dow, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble serving as anchor funders and advisors.

Closed Loop Partners announced that six companies graduated from the NextGen Circular Business Accelerator ready to scale their sustainable cup solutions. 

The U.S. EPA is accepting applications for the 2019 America Recycles Innovation Fair. In addition, the agency is accepting nominations for the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. 

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) posted a video of President Trump’s visit to Pratt Industries’ new mill in Indiana. 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued its Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan and opened a public comment on the document. 

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) announced its 2019-20 board of directors and the re-election of Mid America Recycling’s Mick Barry as NRC Chair. 

Michael Durfor, recently retired executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, was recognized by the U.S. EPA for his work to protect New England’s environment.

A report commissioned by the Recycling Council of Alberta found the province’s recycling sector generated $700 million in economic value and supported over 7,500 direct jobs last year.

September 2019

The NextGen Consortium, which is advancing recyclable and compostable cup designs, selected Jain Chem’s Ulterion coatings to participate in the project.

PepsiCo Recycling and author Jeff Kinney began a recycling outreach campaign geared towards children and young adults, called “Be Awesome! Recycle!”

Wilson Sporting Goods introduced the Triniti tennis ball, which comes in packaging that is made from recycled materials and is fully recyclable.

America Recycles Day, which will be observed with nationwide events on and in the weeks surrounding Nov. 15, opened its events registration.

Tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker joined the How2Recycle label program.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) published a report detailing several strategies municipalities can implement to help offset the impact of China’s recovered material import restrictions.

The U.S. EPA announced the recipients of the Federal Green Challenge Awards, including federal agencies recognized for electronics.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions and the Association of Plastic Recyclers will hold a training conference on design-for-recyclability at the Van Dyk Technology and Material Test Center in Norwalk, Conn.

Vecoplan broke ground on a plant that will manufacture shredding trucks for the information destruction industry.

Manufacturer Ball Corporation rolled out a pilot project bringing aluminum cups to major entertainment and sports venues around the U.S. this fall.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill encouraging communities to shift toward dual-stream recycling in an effort to clean up the state’s recycling stream.

Consumer goods manufacturer Henkel hosted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., at the company’s Stamford, Conn. headquarters to discuss sustainability commitments and plastic packaging developments.

TerraCycle and Walmart will hold a car seat recycling event.

The Recycling Partnership began offering DIYSigns, free online signage templates that can be customized to fit local recycling program needs. The organization also extended the deadline to participate in its 2019 State of Curbside Recycling Survey. Responses can be submitted through Sept. 6.

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