PORT CLINTON, OHIO-Replastec Inc. uses recycled vinyl to make extruded shipping and packaging products. The Port Clinton-based company's major product is its separators, used to ship processed metals such as aluminum, copper or steel coils.
Other shipping products include channels, also known as dunnage racks, to keep parts separated as they are transported from manufacturing to assembly, and angles, or edge protectors, used on corners of stacks of paper or around the edges of appliances.
On the construction side, Replastec makes nail fins, used to hold a window or door in place during installation, and drain troughs used to keep basements dry.
Replastec uses both post-consumer and post-industrial PVC. The company uses 200,000 pounds per month, and has four extrusion and two coextrusion lines.
Recycled PET to double by year 2000
LEATHERHEAD, ENGLAND-By the year 2000, the amount of PET collected for recycling will more than double from the current level of 363 million pounds annually, according to a study from PCI Ltd.
More than 880 million pounds will be collected, creating a $300 million market in reclamation. The balance of supply will shift from states with bottle deposits toward curbside collection, according to the study, ``PET Recycling in North America: Supply/Demand Report.''
The 100-page study, prepared by the Leatherhead-based market researcher, is available for $4,000. For information contact its associate company, EO&D Inc. in Glenmoore, Pa., at (215) 942-9536.
Envipco collection truck sorts containers
FAIRFAX, VA.-A manufacturer of reverse vending machines is developing a collection truck that automatically can sort containers by material and color.
Fairfax-based Environmental Products Corp., also known as Envipco, is developing the trucks to better sort curbside recyclables before they are delivered to materials-recovery facilities.
The trucks also will crush recyclables, allowing them to hold more than traditional trucks.
Envipco's reverse vending machines, which accept recyclable containers in exchange for the deposit, recognize the packaging with a built-in bar-code reader.
Placon's waste reduction rewarded
MADISON, WIS.-Placon Corp., a packaging thermoformer based in Madison, was one of 19 recipients of the Governor's Waste Reduction and Recycling Award for efforts to reduce and recycle solid waste.
Placon reduced its waste destined for the landfill by 97 percent, allowing it to replace a 40-yard trash compactor with a 6-yard dumpster.
The awards were presented on Nov. 17 by Gov. Tommy Thompson.
McDonald's award goes to Dart Container
MASON, MICH.-Dart Container Corp. received an Earth Effort Packaging Award from McDonald's Corp.
Dart, based in Mason, was recognized for its support of foam-cup recycling, for using 100 percent post-consumer content in corrugated shipping containers, for reducing stretch wrap by 50 percent, and for offering to source-reduce hot cups and lids by 10 percent.
The company's efforts include setting up the infrastructure for a pilot foam-cup recycling project at some Seattle-area restaurants.
Wheaton Plastic Products, a blow molding company based in Mays Landing, N.J., now makes bottles using post-consumer PET regrind and repolymerized PET. ... The ReedSpectrum division of Sandoz Chemicals Corp. featured children's artwork from its ``The Environment Around Us'' contest in its 1994 calendar. ... Johnson Controls Inc.'s Plastic Container Division, based in Manchester, Mich., received a Green Award for its advocacy and involvement in environmental initiatives by Beverage World magazine. ... RecycleLine Inc. in Louisville, Ky., has started an on-line service with information on recycled products and recycling-related state legislation. ... Novacor Chemicals in Leominster, Mass., has sponsored the Citi-Cycle program in the Boston Public School System, in which pupils collect, clean and ship polystyrene for recycling. ... The American Plastics Council in Washington has developed ``Perfecting the Plastic Drop-off,'' a guide to help communities establish and maintain drop-off programs with minimum contamination levels. For a copy call (800) 243-5790 or (202) 371-5319.