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Recycling industry announcements

January 2019

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced its 2019 advocacy priority list includes supporting a more resilient paper recycling system.

Nonprofit group GreenBlue, which runs the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the How2Recycle program, appointed Amazon sustainability professional Brent Nelson to its board.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems acquired commercial garbage and recyclables routes from Chicago-area suburban hauler Molenhouse Enterprises.

New York City’s ban on some foam polystyrene food service products took effect Jan. 1, after years of legal battles.

Recycle Colorado launched a new website.

Reloop reports the European Union’s policy-making branches – the Commission, Parliament and Council – have agreed to a directive on single-use plastics. The directive covers product bans, extended producer responsibility systems, design requirements, collection targets and more.

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Executive Director Jordan Fengel will leave at the end of January. STAR is accepting applications for the position.

TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky published his fourth book, “The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular,” which will be available everywhere starting Feb. 5. Additionally, Late July Snacks expanded its partnership with TerraCycle to offer free recycling for its entire snack product line.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) launched a platform titled EXTR:ACT to drive industry engagement in carton recycling across Europe.

Baltimore County, Md. produced a public service announcement highlighting the importance of following proper recycling guidelines.

Caraustar Industries, a paperboard manufacturer that consumes recycled fiber, is being acquired by packaging maker Greif, Inc.

CM Recycling Equipment Solutions, a manufacturer of tire shredding equipment and other recycling machinery, was acquired by Bengal Machine, parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill.

Equipment manufacturer Muncie Power Products announced its senior vice president of IT and administration, Chris Fancher, retired at the end of December.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and The Recycling Partnership will host a meeting called the Regional Recycling Impact Workshop, aiming to improve residential recycling programs in the Northeast.

Rachel Morier, previously the director of sustainability for the Packaging Consortium (PAC), will join The Beer Store and Brewers Distributor Limited as director of sustainability later this month.

Re-Trac Connect announced the launch of the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP), a free recycling program assessment and planning tool for municipalities.

December 2018

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its 2018 Recycling Industry Yearbook.

J.R. Millar & Associates, an engineering firm that designs MRFs, hired Kevin McCarthy as a principal in the company’s solid waste market sector. McCarthy is a former executive director of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority, a joint solid waste agency with a dozen member municipalities around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Post-consumer paper producer New Leaf Paper was acquired by Futurestake, a Pennsylvania-based corporation associated with environmental preservation and education.

The Philadelphia Eagles received LEED Gold certification, in part due to its Go Green program that uses on-site bio-digesters to decompose food waste.

American Baler Company hired Sean Gertsch as key account sales, making him responsible for developing national and OEM accounts.  

Paper and packaging company Cascades announced acquisitions related to U.S. molded fiber product companies Clarion Packaging, Falcon Packaging and Urban Forest Products.

William McDonough, co-author of “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” and CEO of McDonough Innovation, will join the Circulate Capital Advisory Board.

Waste-to-energy and recycling company Covanta was named 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award by NJBIZ, a New Jersey business journal.

Dow and Keep America Beautiful awarded a $40,000 grant to expand the Hefty EnergyBag program in Cobb County, Ga. and a $40,000 grant to start a new program in Lincoln, Neb.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling hired Nick Doyle to fill a newly created position of sales manager for the west coast of North America.

The U.S. EPA announced the 2018 Food Recovery Challenge results and award winners.

The city of Austin and Austin Technology Incubator launched a Circular Economy Incubator.

Equipment manufacturer CPM Holdings was acquired by American Securities, a private equity firm.

Recycling nonprofit group ecomaine opened the nomination process for its annual eco-Excellence Awards.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute designated Denver as its fourth partner city for paper cup recycling. The city’s curbside recycling program recently began accepting paper cups in partnership with a local MRF.

Waste and recycling provider Gold Medal Group acquired Apple Valley Waste Services, a hauler operating in the mid-Atlantic region.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) named Kyle Syndergaard, who is focusing his studies on material efficiency, as the recipient of its 2018 National Scholarship.

Johnson & Johnson joined the How2Recycle label system, and the consumer products company plans to roll out the instructional labels initially on its baby products.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) joined the Our Roads, Our Safety coalition that’s led by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Safe Fleet, which provides safety products to vehicle manufacturers and operators, acquired Roll-Rite, which makes tarps and similar products for waste and recycling vehicles.

November 2018

Waste and recycling software provider AMCS opened a new global technical and support headquarters in Limerick, Ireland.

Anheuser-Busch (AB) invested $250,000 in a Closed Loop Fund project to improve glass recycling in Texas communities, ultimately allowing AB to use more cullet at its Longhorn, Texas facility.

The inaugural Hidden Abundance Upcyclers Gathering has been scheduled for Dec. 10 in Los Angeles.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) issued a release about its role advocating for the industry in front of the federal leaders around America Recycles Day.

Global consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive is joining All In On Recycling, a recycling challenge from The Recycling Partnership and PepsiCo Foundation.

ReFED, a nonprofit group committed to reducing wasted food in the U.S., released the 2018 U.S. Food Waste Investment Report.

Rubicon Global launched its first e-commerce marketplace, providing recycling resources for consumers and small businesses

The Virginia Recycling Association announced its 2018 award winners.

MassRecycle has announced its executive director, Edward Hsieh, will leave the state recycling association.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste) will use $263,000 in local grant funds to employ Compology’s camera-based dumpster monitoring technology to reduce contamination in the commercial compost stream and reduce organics disposal.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) highlighted a new study that found replacing plastic with alternative materials in packaging would cause negative environmental impacts.

Busch Systems is one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2018 Private Business Growth Award, which recognizes growing Canadian businesses.

The Coast Waste Management Association (CWMA) announced that its executive director, Will Burrows, will resign at the end of the year.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is accepting entries for its 2019 Design for Recycling award.

The Electronics Recycling Action Group of Recycle Colorado is conducting a survey regarding illegal dumping of electronics and related issues.

Sierra International Machinery broke ground on a 24,000-square-foot expansion to the company’s manufacturing facility in Jesup, Ga.

CP Group will present its Virtual MRF virtual reality simulation system for the first time internationally at the Residuos Expo 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) elected its 2018 board of directors and announced the recipients of its annual awards.

A New York State appellate court upheld New York City’s right to ban expanded polystyrene products. The decision came after the city was sued last fall for the second time over its ban.

PaintCare received the 2018 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award at the annual conference of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

The Global Recycling Standards Organization, which administers the the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS), elected Darrell Hogan as its chairman for a two-year term. Hogan is vice president of global operations and compliance at AER Worldwide.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) announced new members of its Executive Committee, an advisory group elected from the organization’s broader membership.

Tomra Sorting Recycling installed two sensor-based sorters at the Buffalo, N.Y. metal sorting plant operated by Wendt Corporation.

Composting company Vanguard Renewables was named the 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA).

Online scrap material trading platform announced its launch.

Equipment manufacturer Weima announced that sales manager Bill Zoller died Oct. 29 after a battle with cancer.

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