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ISRI CONVENTION & EXPO 2022
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(left) and sales
to meet Maryam
ISRI 2022. The
preneur aims to
The next generation! Tomra Sorting’s young team, led by Kevin Montalvo and Allie
Nearby, was full of energy.
cieTrade’s Emily Gray says the company’s mobile reporting app, “cieMobile” has been
reintroduced, now with cross platform support for both Apple and Android devices. The
software allows recycling operators to track vital data and create specialised reports.
A bold, new market-
place for plastic scrap
Las Vegas is known to be one of the world’s biggest melting pots, welcoming people from all profes-
sions from all over the world. The ISRI expo was definitely reason enough for businesswoman Maryam
AlMansoori to visit the US to promote her new platform called ‘Rebound’.
The name says it all, according to
AlMansoori, who is based in Abu
Dhabi – a region that has invested
heavily in advanced recycling systems
over the last few years. ‘Our team has
come to recognise that plastic is a
valuable commodity, both in virgin
and recycled form. It’s not trash at all.
That’s why Rebound wants to help
provide a global solution to enable
the trade of high quality plastic feed-
stock beyond borders,’ she says.
AlMansoori likens the platform to the
LME exchange, but for plastics specifi-
cally. ‘If plastic feedstock can be
accessible to a broader market of buy-
ers and sellers, the value of the mate-
rial becomes an enabler for the
expansion of improved material recov-
ery and infrastructure,’ she argues.
‘Properly sorted and processed post-
consumer plastics have an increasing
monetary value as markets become
accessible, therefore supporting the
growth of local economies through
job creation,’ the businesswoman
adds. ‘Capturing this value results in
less landfilling, again resulting in much
cleaner and healthier communities.’
The Rebound founder observes that,
until now, the challenges of aggregat-
ing plastic feedstock for use in a stan-
dardised, trusted and verified markets
have ‘overshadowed’ the vast poten-
tial and scalability of recycled plastic.
‘Currently, few local economies have
the resources to meet the growing
demand for recycled plastic feed-
stock,’ AlMansoori remarks. Activities
in the chain, ranging from collection,
sorting, grading and processing to
logistics are often ‘insufficient, under-
invested, and poorly coordinated’.
The lack of standardisation and certifi-
cation has been known to prevent the
movement of high-quality materials
across borders, thus restricting access
to recycled plastic feedstock.
AlMansoori urges this doesn’t have to
be the case.
UNITING LINKS IN THE CHAIN
She came to Las Vegas to meet some
of the plastic recycling heavyweights
and discuss experiences and future
expectations. Networking is a vital
part of the recycling business,
AlMansoori understands. This counts
double for the booming but widely
criticised plastic scrap trade.
So how does she propose to make a
change? AlMansoori underlines that
activating more links in the chain is an
absolute must. ‘The Rebound
exchange provides a timely solution
to supply chain constraints and sup-
ports local businesses to participate in
the global marketplace, enhancing
income and overall economic growth
in less developed regions. Our propri-
etary system unlocks the value of used
plastic globally for all players, no mat-
ter where they are.’
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