Demilec, The Recycling Partnership™, and Publix Receive Award for Innovation in Plastics Recycling

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2015) – Demilec Inc., The Recycling Partnership, and Publix have been chosen by The American Chemistry Council (ACC) to receive the 2015 Award for Innovation in Plastics Recycling.

“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,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. "We are thrilled to recognize this year’s award recipients.”

The Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards recognize nonprofits and companies that successfully implement new initiatives, products, and technologies to the marketplace and communities that show important advancements in the recycling of plastics. The council announced the winners of the awards today in acknowledgement of America Recycles Day on November 15.

ACC’s Innovations in Plastics Recycling Awards contest is open to all U.S. companies, nonprofits, individuals, and government bodies (including 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.

The companies have received this prestigious award for the following contributions:

  • Demilec Inc. recycles scraps of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), turning them into polyols that can be re-used in its spray high-performing foam insulation products. In addition to the environmental benefits of recycling plastic bottles, Demilec Inc.’s spray foam insulation has the added benefit of dramatically increasing energy efficiency in buildings and homes. More than 300 million plastic bottles have been recycled into spray foam insulation in recent years, and the company projects that an excess of 35 million plastic bottles will be recycled by the end of 2015.
  • The Recycling Partnership fosters public-private partnerships to boost curbside recycling programs. TRP has provided 115,000 large recycling carts and improved public education in four cities (Columbia, SC, Florence, AL, East Lansing, MI, and Richmond, VA) over the past 15 months. Through the efforts of TRP, an additional 18,000 households can now access a recycling program that collects both bottles and wide-mouth plastic containers. Over the next 10 years, these efforts are cumulatively expected to recover an additional 22 million pounds of plastics.
  • Publix-Super Markets With more than 1,100 stores and 9 distribution centers, Publix has established itself as a leader in recycling rigid plastic packaging, including commercial-sized polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) containers. Publix optimized its back-of-store recycling stream through the use of a horizontal and vertical baler, which produces large, dense bales of clean plastic material for recycling. As a result, thousands of pounds of high-quality plastics are sorted, baled, and made available to recyclers on a weekly basis.

Click here to learn more about the ACC’s Innovations in Plastics Recycling Awards contest.

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