Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award Presented to Demilec, The Recycling Partnership™, and Publix

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced the winners of the 2015 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award on Friday, November 13. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners: Demilec Inc., The Recycling Partnership, and Publix. The announcement was made just before America Recycles Day, which takes place on November 15.

The ACC’s Innovations in Plastics Recycling Awards contest is open to all U.S. individuals, nonprofits, government bodies (including schools), and companies that promote plastics recycling through education and infrastructure, gather or process plastics for recycling, manufacture a new product made in whole or part from recycled plastic, or manufacture equipment used to collect or process plastics for recycling. The awards honor the achievements of companies and nonprofits that demonstrate significant advancements in plastics recycling through new technologies, products, and initiatives in the marketplace and communities.

This year’s winners demonstrated their commitment to plastics recycling through the following achievements:

  • Demilec Inc. has recycled more than 300 million plastic bottles into spray foam insulation products in recent years by converting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) scrap into polyols, which are then used in spray foam insulation products. Not only does plastic bottle recycling have an enormous environmental impact, but the spray foam itself can dramatically increase energy efficiency in buildings and homes. By the end of 2015, the company expects to recycle more than 35 million plastic bottles into high-performing spray foam insulation.
  • Publix has more than 9 distribution centers and 1,100 stores, all of which have 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. They have established themselves as a leader in recycling rigid plastic packaging, including commercial-sized high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) containers, by separating and baling several tons of plastic each week for collection by recyclers.
  • The Recycling Partnership’s efforts have significantly boosted curbside recycling programs by facilitating public-private partnerships. TRP has provided 115,000 large recycling carts and improved public education over the past 15 months in four cities: East Lansing, MI; Richmond, VA; Columbia, SC; and Florence, AL. Thanks to TRP’s efforts, an additional 22 million pounds of plastics are expected to be recovered over the next ten years. Approximately 18,000 households now have access to a recycling program that collects both bottles and plastic containers.

"We are thrilled to recognize this year’s award recipients,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “Each of these organizations is a leader in recycling innovation, and their contributions will likely inspire ongoing contributions to the rapidly growing field of plastics recycling.”

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