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Recognition for rigid plastics recyclers

United States – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has named DiversiTech Corporation, Entropex and Preserve as the winners of this year’s Innovation in Plastics Recycling awards. The companies have ‘successfully increased the recycling of rigid plastics like yogurt cups, deli and dairy containers, and caps and lids’, says ACC’s vice president Steve Russel.‘Rigid plastics represent one of the fastest-growing segments of plastics recycling, which has nearly tripled since just 2007,’ he points out. With this in mind, DiversiTech won the title because of its use of 100% post-industrial polypropylene, serving a wide range of specifications in air-conditioning unit condenser pads.

Meanwhile, Entropex was praised for its RigidReclaim technology which recovers non-bottle plastic containers for all major packaging resins and can process more than 100 million pounds per year. ‘More than 70% of the plastics covered by RigidReclaim technology are not typically recycled by conventional methods,’ Entropex says.

Preserve was recognised for making ‘€˜popular consumer products’€™ such as reusable food storage items and kitchenware from 100% recycled polypropylene. The company has also collected more than 240 000 pounds of polypropylene for recycling each year via its Gimme 5 take-back programme. The collected material includes products from ‘undeveloped markets’ such as lip-balm containers and toothbrushes.

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