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Recycling industry announcements

July 2019

Californians for Recycling and the Environment, a coalition of product manufacturers, has launched to educate and advocate around controversial legislation in the state legislature: Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched a learning hub. 

The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced academic scholarships for eight college-bound students. Additionally, ISRI gave its inaugural Recycling Impact Award to Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney. 

Scheuch USA appointed John Rothermel as president at industrial ventilation systems company Schust, and it appointed Tony Thill as president of CAMCORP, which makes air pollution control and pneumatic conveying equipment. Scheuch is the parent company of both firms.

The South Bayside Waste Management Authority (RethinkWaste) of San Mateo County, Calif. issued nearly $49 million in bonds for upgrades to the Shoreway Environmental Center, which includes a MRF. 

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) has a dozen new members: EQUATE Petrochemical, Gemini Corporation, Grupo Phoenix, Mondi, Novolex, PepsiCo, Sealed Air Corporation, Sinopec, SKC, Storopack, TOMRA and Westlake Chemical.

Circulate Capital announced that Susan Ruffo will serve as executive director of the new nonprofit group The Circulate Initiative. 

Tissue products company Kimberly-Clark announced that 25.2% of the fiber it consumed came from recycled sources, the highest in three years. 

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) will expand its government affairs team on the state and federal levels. 

PepsiCo will package its LIFEWTR water product in 100% recycled PET bottles, and the company will end plastic bottle packaging for its Bubly sparkling water, sticking to aluminum cans. The company will also test aluminum can packaging for Aquafina, which currently comes in plastic bottles.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. EPA are holding free workshops around the country on safely handling lithium-ion batteries.

Casella Waste Systems will purchase certain solid waste assets from fellow hauler Republic Services, totaling about $30 million in annual revenue.

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance released a life cycle analysis study that found neither corrugated containers nor reusable plastic containers are superior in all environmental impact categories.

Toronto-based GFL Environmental will acquire MRF operator Canada Fibers.

Paper and recycling industry veteran Jerry Rose died June 22 at age 84. Consultancy Moore & Associates published an obituary and tribute to Rose.

The National Recycling Coalition announced a call for nominations for the group’s series of 2019 industry awards, which will be presented at the Resource Recycling Conference Aug. 26-28 in New Orleans. Nominations are due Aug. 1.

The NYC Curb-To-Market Challenge (CTMC), which launched in March, named recovered plastics end user Arqlite and consultancy Anthropocene.Design as the winners of the contest.

The Recycling Partnership released a contamination outreach kit for use at drop-off recycling sites.

Waste Management opened the company’s second Driver and Technician Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., where new employees in those positions undertake a two-week training course.

June 2019

DS Smith, a London-based packaging provider that uses recycled fiber in its products, opened a North American headquarters in Atlanta.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) published a fact sheet focusing on actions consumers can take to combat climate change.

The Recycling Partnership (TRP) announced that MillerCoors joined the organization as a funding partner. TRP will also work with the city of Denver on a public education campaign, which was made possible through a $250,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Aluminum Association president and CEO Heidi Brock will resign and take a position as president and CEO of the American Forest and Paper Association, replacing outgoing leader Donna Harman.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) added new board members and appointed a new executive board during its annual meeting this year.

Applying Systems Thinking to Recycling (ASTRX), a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and The Recycling Partnership, released the ASTRX Review of Material Flow at MRFs and Reprocessors, an analysis examining how materials move through the recycling process.

New York City’s Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board will host a panel this month titled “Is NYC Ready for the Green New Deal? A Zero Waste Perspective.”

Pratt Industries and several New York City government agencies launched the Manhattan Paper Challenge, a year-long contest that aims to increase paper recycling.

Recycle Colorado announced that associate executive director Amy Randell will serve as interim executive director as the organization looks for a permanent candidate to fill the position. Laurie Johnson left the executive director role this month for a position in the private sector.

The Washington State Recycling Association announced its Recycler of the Year award winners.

The 2020 World Circular Economy Forum will be hosted in Canada, marking the first instance of the event being held in North America.

AMP Robotics hired Brent Hildebrand as the company’s managing director of enterprise sales. Hildebrand previously served as vice president at Alpine Waste and Recycling.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced that its Demand Champions program welcomed three more companies as members: Chick-fil-A, EcoEnclose and Scott’s Miracle-Gro.

Baby food brand Happy Family Organics pledged to make 100% of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Keurig Dr. Pepper committed to using 100% recyclable or compostable packaging and to having its packaging portfolio average 30% post-consumer recycled content by 2025.

Recycle Colorado launched ReCircle, an online platform for buying and selling recyclables in Colorado. In separate Colorado news, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill that will raise landfill taxes to award additional waste diversion grants.

Food waste think tank ReFED launched an accelerator program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, for nonprofit food recovery organizations.

Glass recycling company Strategic Materials received a 2019 Green Business award from the city of Fairfield, Calif.

Carton manufacturer TetraPak published its 2019 sustainability report.

Key stakeholders from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have formed a coalition to accelerate the circular economy in the Nordic countries.

EcoMaine announced a pilot program through which summer interns will inspect carts and provide outreach in the cities and towns of Falmouth, Scarborough, South Portland, and Windham

Maryland’s bill banning foam polystyrene foodservice items will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature.

Orange County, Fla. and the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division released a request for information for a project to design, build and operate a materials recovery facility.

PepsiCo Recycling announced that nearly 10 million pounds were diverted during the 2018-19 academic year through its K-12 Recycle Rally program.

The Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) project released its 2018 report.

May 2019

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will test recycling bins that are made from various recovered materials. They were supplied by Israeli company UBQ.

European Union leaders gave final approval to a law banning a number of single-use plastic products, setting a 90% collection target for plastic bottles, and mandating bottles be made of at least 25% recycled plastic by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Break Free From Plastic urged Southeast Asian governments to strictly enforce waste import bans.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) opened its Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) Reasonable Care Compliance Program to nonmembers. The program helps recycling companies navigate Superfund law.

The Maryland legislature passed a bill, HB0109, banning foam polystyrene food service products.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) will hold a webinar on July 17 covering bottle bills, part of a new webinar series.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) announced Reagan Bissonnette has been hired as the group’s next executive director, replacing Mike Durfor, who is retiring.

R&M International was presented the President’s “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The company trades in textiles, plastics and recovered materials.

The Loop reusable packaging platform, a project of TerraCycle, launched in several U.S. cities, as retailers Kroger and Walgreens announced they’re signing on.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which publishes standards that organizations use to report various benchmarks, released a draft update to its standard covering waste.

Recycled composite railway products maker IntegriCo hired Brian Gaughan as executive vice president of business development. Gaughan was formerly general manager of the Georgia-Pacific Plastics Division.

Paper recycling consulting firm Moore & Associates announced that an analysis of  China’s recovered paper policies and markets is now available. The report was prepared by consultancy NPC Partners.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) joined 64 other trade associations in calling on Congress to support the Equality Act, which would strengthen protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky’s book, “The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular,” was named “Most Likely to Save the Planet” and “Outstanding Book of the Year” by the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Waste Management joined the “We Are Still In” coalition, pledging to combat climate change in support of the Paris Agreement, despite the U.S. withdrawing from the accord in 2017.

Weima wrote about the importance of training the next generation of manufacturing employees through apprenticeships and mentoring.

Zero Waste Solutions opened a Rochester, Mass. mixed-waste processing facility with equipment supplied by CP Group.

The 2019 RecycleMania college recycling competition announced its results, noting that campuses recycled and composted 69.5 million pounds of material during the contest.

Fleet management software provider Coretex released its upgraded Smart Waste software application at WasteExpo this month.

Machinex held a grand opening for a single-stream MRF in the city of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Strategic Materials announced the appointment of Edward May as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Tomra announced that its reverse vending machines collected more than 40 billion bottles and cans globally in 2018.

Recycling equipment supplier BACE formed a partnership to provide electrical services to its equipment customers.

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is being observed this week, with celebrations taking place in North America, Europe and Australia.

The Recycling Partnership launched Webinar Wednesdays, a monthly webinar series that will cover a variety of topics, including contamination reduction tips and outreach advice.

The U.S. Composting Council responded to Oregon composting stakeholders who stated last month they don’t want to receive compostable foodservice packaging and serviceware.

The Washington legislature passed extended producer responsibility legislation for paint.

April 2019

The Coalition of Innovation in Recycling towards a Closed Loop Economy (CIRCLE), a group of government, nonprofit and private-sector plastics stakeholders, signed a circular economy pledge with the United Arab Emirates.

The National Association of Convenience Stores and the Can Manufacturers Institute published “The Value of Can and Bottle Recycling” toolkit.

SynTech Bioenergy announced that its BioMax waste-to-energy system will be deployed at various agricultural operations on Oahu, Hawaii.

Washington, D.C. increased its recycling collection weight by 9.5% between October 2017 and June 2018.

Battery stewardship group Call2Recycle commissioned a survey exploring consumer wish-cycling habits and awareness about battery recyclability.

Ensign Group, a Holland, Mich.-based recycling equipment manufacturer, has been acquired by Excalibur Group.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) passed its first transportation policy.

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic bags.

Aluminum recycling company Novelis hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating a $4.5 million investment at the company’s Warren, Ohio facility.

Recycling and Waste Solutions acquired Sustainable Solutions Group. Both companies are commercial recycling service providers.

Unilever announced several recycling-related initiatives, including that it will reach 50 percent recycled content in plastic packaging by the end of 2019 and will add the How2Recycle label to all its packaging by 2021. Separately, Unilever’s Hellmann’s brand of mayonnaise products released recycled-content goals.

Closed Loop Partners hired Caroline Brown as a managing director to lead the investment firm’s work in the fashion sustainability sector.

FCC Environmental has been recommended by Omaha, Neb. officials to handle the city’s solid waste and recyclables collection.

The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) published two free guides to help multi-family buildings increase recycling and organics recovery.

Miller Paint, a Portland, Ore.-based paint supplier, released Miller Renew, an interior paint containing a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer content.

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will host its annual meeting in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition, to hold the first Southwest regional recycling market development workshop.

Republic Services opened its “Next-Gen” recycling facility, a 77,000-square-foot MRF featuring state-of-the-art equipment, in Plano, Texas.

Unilever announced several recycling-related initiatives, including that it will reach 50 percent recycled content in plastic packaging by the end of 2019 and will add the How2Recycle label to all its packaging by 2021.

Budweiser created a soccer field made from 50,000 recycled plastic cups. The facility, called the Budweiser ReCup Arena, is located in Sochi, Russia.

Dow and Keep America Beautiful are accepting applications for a total of $125,000 in Hefty EnergyBag program grants.

The Foam Recycling Coalition awarded a $41,000 grant for Live Thrive Atlanta to expand its Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, which will purchase a foam densifier to increase its expanded polystyrene recycling efforts.

H&M released its annual sustainability report, indicating the company used the equivalent of more than 325 million PET bottles in its recycled polyester.

The International Paint Recycling Association (IPRA) launched this month.

Rubicon Global announced that its RUBICONSmartCity data collection service will be rolled out in Irvine, Texas as a pilot program to improve residential waste and recycling collection.

The Recycling Partnership (TRP) launched Keep Recycling Paper, an outreach initiative highlighting key benefits of paper recycling. The organization also hired Sarah Dearman, formerly of The Coca-Cola Co., to work on TRP’s policy efforts. Additionally, TRP partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and consumer products company Love Beauty and Planet to expand curbside recycling in Nashville, Tenn.

Busch Systems launched the second year of Project Rise, a charitable initiative benefiting nonprofit organizations.

Plastics recycling equipment company EREMA Group reported its most successful year of business in the company’s history, describing a 16 percent revenue increase.

PAC Next published its Packaging Sustainability Checklist, a tool for packaging designers to reference.

President Donald Trump declared April “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month,” an initiative that encourages Americans to help reduce food waste.

Recycle Across America received a $250,000 grant from Bank of America. The funds will go toward implementing standardized labels on recycling bins in 1,000 schools.

Sustana Fiber and Clearwater Paper released a cup stock paperboard made with 32 percent post-consumer recycled fiber.

Equipment company Universal Dynamics acquired CMG America, which manufactures size-reduction equipment, including granulators, shredders and more.

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