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SPE gives out environmental awards

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor a variety of plastics recyclers during its Global Plas...


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February 12, 2010 by Canadian Plastics

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor a variety of plastics recyclers during its Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC), held in Orlando, Fla. from March 8-10.

 

The awards are intended to reflect the conference theme of “Sustainability & Recycling: Raising the Bar in Today’s Economy.”   

In total, SPE’s Plastics Environmental Division will give 10 awards to processors, resin producers, recycling organizations, brand owners, and research organizations for a broad variety of technical achievements.

 

The Chairman’s Award went to Nicos Polymers Group, of Nazareth, Pa., for its proprietary process to remove continuous fiber reinforcement from flexible composites, designed to allow clean recovery of the polymer substrate.

 

SPE’s Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award is going to Delta Plastics of the South, of Little Rock, Ark., for reclaiming and recycling virtually 100 per cent of the used LLDPE irrigation tubing it produces. In addition, Delta Plastics now recycles a large quantity of its competitors’ tubing and another 718 tons per month of miscellaneous LDPE products into certified post-consumer resin.

 

Other SPE award winners include Arkema Inc., of Philadelphia, Pa., for its Pebax RNew engineering TPE line made from renewable resources; BIOtech Products, of Randolph, N.J., for its line of organometallic additives designed to make conventional plastics landfill biodegradable; Eco Research Institute, of Tokyo, Japan, for a process to micro-pulverize paper and compound it into eco-friendly plastics; Vast Enterprises, of Minneapolis, Minn., for composite pavers made from a blend of recycled car tires and plastic containers; Associated Packaging Technologies, of Chadds Ford, Pa., for thermoformed CPET trays said to have a lower environmental impact than previous versions; and Mannington Mills, of Salem, N.J., for its LOOP program, designed to recycle postconsumer carpet back into carpet and vinyl composition tile.

 

A complete list of the award winners can be found at this link.