Plastics Engineers Cite Environmental Winners

DN Staff

February 12, 2010

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Plastics Engineers Cite Environmental Winners

A unique new additive that causespolyvinyl chloride to break down in landfills is one of 10 products that willreceive a 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award from The Plastics EnvironmentalDiv. of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference March 8-10 in Orlando, FL.

BIOtech Products of Randolph, NJ is being recognized fordevelopment of organometallic additives that are said to render PVC and someother plastics biodegradable in biologically active landfills, while retainingor improving normal service life and processing of the plastic materials.

Other winners are:

  • Arkema Inc. of Philadelphia, PAfor Pebax RNew, which isdescribed as the first engineering thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) made fromrenewable resources.

  • Eco Research Institute Ltd. of Tokyo for a newtechnology that pulverizes paper into powders as minute as 50 mum for use as aplastics compounding material.

  • VAST Enterprises of Minneapolis, MN for production of compositepavers made from a proprietary blend of up to 95 percent recycled car tires andplastic containers.

  • AMWAY of Ada, MIfor development of the eSpring System, awater purifier that incorporates a sustainable design based on life-cycle assessment.

  • Associated Packaging Technologies of Chadds Ford, PA,which is making a range of thermoformed crystalline PET (CPET) trays that aresaid to have smaller environmental impacts than traditional CPET products.

  • Mannington Mills of Salem, NJ for expanding a program forrecycling post-consumer carpet to include recycling vinyl composition tile.

  • Mack Molding Co. ofArlington, VT and BigBelly Solar of Needham, MA for production of asolar-powered compacting trash receptacle for large scale,low-cost municipal waste collection. Mack injection molds the solar bubble,fabricates the back panel and door, procures more than 150 unique parts, andtotally assembles the compactor and optional recycler for direct shipment toBigBelly Solar's customers all over the world.

  • Nicos Polymers Group of Nazareth, PAfor a proprietary process for the removal of continuous fiber reinforcementfrom flexible composites, making possible the cleanest recovery of the polymersubstrate.

  • Delta Plastics of the South of Little Rock, AR for havingachieved a goal of reclaiming and recycling virtually 100 percent of its usedmanufactured LLDPE irrigation tubing.

The GPEC conference takes place at The Florida Hotel & Conference Centerin Orlando. Theawards will be presented at a banquet on the evening of Tuesday, March 9.

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