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SPE Names Recipients of GPEC 2013 Environmental Awards

  • Tuesday, 26th March 2013
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Awards recognising environmental leadership and excellence were presented at the GPEC 2013 Conference on March 21, 2013.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The presentations will took place on 21 March 2013 during SPE’s Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2013) in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Reflecting the conference theme “The Latest Need to Know: From Recycling to Sustainability of Plastics,” the awards recognised companies and institutions that have demonstrated environmental leadership and excellence through significant achievements.

The recipients of the 2013 GPEC Awards were:

  • Hilex Poly Co who received the Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications Award for investing in a sustainable solution for plastic bags and films by creating and operating the largest closed loop recycling plant in its industry.
  • MCS Industries received the Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications Award for converting often difficult to recycle, post-consumer scrap materials such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging and large printer cartridges into designer picture frames.
  • Interfacial Solutions received the Plastics from Renewables Award for developing hyper-branching technology that effectively counteracts any foreseeable issues with molecular weight loss due to the hydrolytic degradation of polylactic acid (PLA) during melt processing. This permits, for the first time, the possibility of repeated melt processing without pre-drying.
  • Avery Dennison received the Design for Sustainability Award for designing its Bottle-to-Bottle Portfolio for PET Recyclability as a solution to address the impact of labels on PET bottle recyclability. Its newly developed pressure sensitive adhesive label products can help brands adhere to design for recycling guidelines so that their PET bottles can be easily collected and do not contribute to contamination and yield loss of the RPET supply.
  • Infiltrator Systems took the Chairman’s Award for carrying out large scale recycling of waste plastics for innovative soil and water purification applications.
  • Mondelez International received the Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award for having cut packaging by 45,000,000 lb. (20,500 metric tons), increased sustainable sourcing of agricultural commodities by 36%, eliminated about 20 million kilometres of travel miles, cut energy by 3%, CO2 emissions by 6%, water use by 3% and manufacturing waste by 18%. The company is the world’s largest chocolate, biscuit, candy and powdered beverage company and the second-largest in coffee and gum.
  • General Motors received the Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award for commitment to continuously reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles and facilities. Currently, the company recycles 90 % of its global manufacturing waste and has 103 landfill-free facilities, with a goal to increase that number to 125 sites by 2020. This effort has also helped generate an estimated $1 billion in reuse and recycling revenue from its by-products, and eliminate 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2011.

GPEC 2013 took place March 20-22, 2013 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. The Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented during the GPEC 2013 Awards Dinner on March 21, 2013.

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