The American Chemistry Council has named three companies as winners of ACC's first new Innovations in Plastics Recycling Awards.
Axion International Inc. of New Providence, N.J., which supplies composite railroad ties, bridges for the military and other building products from 100 percent recycled plastics, primarily polyethylene.
“Collecting plastics from the waste stream isn't difficult,” said Jim Kerstein, founder and chief technology officer. “The trick is developing demand for the tens of millions of pounds that are being collected and encouraging municipalities, businesses and individuals to recycle even more.”
Nepco Industrial Co. Ltd. makes picture frames from recycled expanded polystyrene foam at its 36,000-square-foot plant in Chino, Calif. ACC said Nepco reprocesses 4.2 million pounds of post-consumer PS a year.
“Nepco prides itself on being an innovator in both recycling technology and recycled products, such as high-end picture frames,” said Tommy Kim, U.S. operations director. He said Nepco's machinery can reduce the volume of expanded PS by a factor of 80-to-1.
Trex Co. Inc., a maker of wood-plastic composite decking and fence, consumes 300 million pounds of post-consumer plastic a year — including used plastic bags and wraps. Trex estimates it recycles 1.3 billion plastic grocery bags annually.
Dave Heglas, Trex material resources director, said the firm was founded on “green” principles.
Trex is based in Winchester, Va., and has extrusion plants there and in Fernley, Nev.
ACC is based in Washington.
“Axion, Nepco and Trex are outstanding examples of how plastics recycling can help stimulate innovation, jobs and the economy, while benefitting the environment,” said Cal Dooley, ACC's president and CEO. “Their success demonstrates that the plastics recycling industry is a vibrant and growing part of the U.S. economy.”