CHICAGO — Plastics recycling research lab MBA Polymers Inc. has received a $700,000 grant from the Advanced Technology Program to develop sorting and separation technology for durable goods like computers and cars.
The Richmond, Calif., lab is one of the few recycling efforts to get funding from ATP, MBA President Michael Biddle said at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ARC '97 recycling conference, held Nov. 5-7 in Chicago.
The two-year grant from the Commerce Department program requires recipients to match the federal donation.
The lab also has received a $1 million low-interest loan from the state of California to commercialize some of its research, he said. The loan is based on helping to divert a specified amount of waste from landfills, he said.
The lab also has begun to get some funding from industries such as automotive and computers, instead of relying solely on plastics companies, he said. The lab receives financial support from the Washington-based Amemerican Plastics Council.