United States – The waterless cleaning process of US plastics processor ECO2 Plastics, Inc. has been recognised by Popular Science magazine as one of the Top 100 innovations of the year, winning the coveted ‘Best of What’s New’ award in the Green Tech category.
The PET recycling company’s patented process was developed through a research partnership with Honeywell FM&T and the US Department of Energy. Based in California, the firm is the exclusive worldwide licensee of the patented and patent-pending technology.
According to ECO2 Plastics, billions of gallons of water are consumed and contaminated each year through the water-based process deployed in traditional plastics recycling. ECO2’s closed-loop approach eliminates the use of water while reducing the variable cost of production. The process has been approved by the Food Authority for use in food-contact applications, covering the widest range of categories. The ECO2 Environmental System is the only process granted approval at the wash stage, prior to incremental equipment and processing costs.
‘We are honoured to be recognized by Popular Science magazine as a company that is making revolutionary strides in the improvement of plastic recycling technology,’ says Rod Rougelot, CEO of ECO2 Plastics. ‘This award is a reflection of our entire team’s passion and commitment in making a positive impact on the industry and the environment. Raising additional financing remains our primary focus with the goal of being operational again in the second quarter of 2010.’