NAPCOR requesting proposals for projects CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Association for PET Container Resources is requesting grant proposals to fund projects that increase the collection and recycling of PET containers and the residential curbside or drop-off collection of custom PET bottles and jars.
NAPCOR's two key PET recycling objectives for the projects to be funded under this solicitation for its year-2000 grant cycle are:
To increase the collection and recycling of immediate-consumption PET containers, including those for soft drinks, water, sports drinks, teas, juices and milk.
To increase residential curbside or drop-off collection of custom PET bottles and jars, including those for shampoo, salad dressings, cooking oil, peanut butter, cosmetics, mouthwash, liquid soaps and household cleaners.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NAPCOR is a trade association that represents manufacturers of PET resin and containers as well as suppliers to the PET industry in the United States and Canada.
APR names four firms 'Partners for Change'
ARLINGTON, VA. — PPG Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh, Constar Inc. of Philadelphia, Graham Packaging Co. LP of York, Pa., and Amcor PET Packaging North America of Montreal have been awarded the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers' Partners for Change Award.
The companies were recognized for their participation in a program to test new bottle compositions with plastic recyclers.
The honor is part of the Champions for Change program, which promotes cooperative testing among consumer-product companies, suppliers, converters and others so that the recycling of plastics keeps pace with new packaging technologies.
APR is an Arlington-based trade association representing companies that buy, reprocess and sell post-consumer plastics in North America.
Plastics Group buyss single-shaft grinder
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Plastics Group of America has purchased a new single-shaft rotary grinder from South Attleboro, Mass.-based Cumberland Engineering LLC.
The unit was installed at Plastics Group's Blairsville, Ga., facility.
"This machine fills a need at the Plastics Group for larger, higher-output recycling capabilities," said President Bob Lebeaux.
"We can now accept some of the largest purgings and chunks our customers can provide, and reprocess them into usable pellets."
The heavy-duty unit handles tough materials and grinds 1,000-pound purgings and plastic pallets with ease. The grinder features a throughput of as much as 6,000 pounds per hour, and its single-shaft, ram-feed design helps produce a more consistent final particle size.
"Since this grinder operates at slow speeds, metal in the machine will not break the knives like it would in a high-speed granulator," said Walt Lysik, product marketing manager at Cumberland. "This machine will automatically stall once it jams, which is a great feature that cuts down on expensive maintenance."
Plastics Group, based in Woonsocket, manufactures, compounds, recycles and distributes thermoplastics.
With sales of $10 million, the company placed 39th in Plastics News' 1999 ranking of recyclers and brokers.
Trex Co. of Winchester, Va., won the eighth annual Connecticut College Inherit the Earth Award gold medal for business on April 24 for manufacturing Trex Easy Care Decking.