Demilec, Publix and The Recycling Partnership (TRP) have been selected by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to receive Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards for 2015. The awards recognize companies and nonprofits that successfully bring new technologies, products and initiatives to communities and the marketplace that advance plastics recycling.
Demilec converts polyethylene terephthalate (PET) scrap into polyols, which can be used in its spray foam insulation products. The company has recycled more than 300 million plastic bottles into spray foam insulation products in recent years and expects to recycle more than 35 million plastic bottles into high-performing spray foam insulation in 2015.
Publix has established itself as a leader in recycling rigid plastic packaging. The supermarket chain has optimized its back-of-store recycling stream through the use of a vertical and a horizontal baler that produce large, dense bales of clean plastic material for recycling.
TRP facilitates public-private partnerships to boost curbside recycling programs. Over the last 15 months, TRP has provided 115,000 large recycling carts and improved public education in Florence, Alabama; Columbia, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and East Lansing, Michigan. Cumulatively, these efforts are expected to recover an additional 22 million pounds of plastics over the next ten years.
ACC’s Innovations in Plastics Recycling Awards program is open to all US companies, nonprofits, individuals, government entities and schools that collect or process plastics for recycling, promote plastics recycling through education and infrastructure, manufacture equipment used to collect or process plastics for recycling, or manufacture a new product made in whole or part from recycled plastic.
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