Recycling will be in the spotlight at this year's Environmental Stewardship Awards, presented by the Plastics Environmental Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
The awards recognize companies and institutions that have demonstrated environmental leadership and excellence.
International Automotive Components Group of Southfield, Mich., which will receive the Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award. IAC will be honored for its extensive use of recycled plastics in automotive interior components; reducing energy consumption through manufacturing efficiencies; and achieving large reductions in waste going to landfills.
Lehigh Technologies Inc. of Tucker, Ga. The company will receive the Chairman's Award for a large-volume process that makes micronized powders from discarded tires. The resulting powders can be used at high concentrations in plastics and new-tire manufacturing.
Sika Sarnafil of Canton, Mass., for recycling old vinyl single-ply roofing back into useful roofing membrane. The company is a unit of Baar, Switzerland-based Sika AG.
Becton, Dickinson and Co. of Franklin Lakes, N.J., for a recycling program that recovers plastics from medical devices and puts them to use in non-medical applications.
Futuris Automotive Interiors of Troy, Mich., for developing a moldable, tufted PET carpet with significant post-consumer content. The company is a unit of Futuris Automotive Group Ltd. of Port Melbourne, Australia.
Axion International Inc. of New Providence, N.J., for developing high-performance composites from recovered polyolefins and applying them as structural parts. The components have been used in bridges, railroad ties and structures that meet military specifications.
Presentations will take place Oct. 18 during SPE's Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2011) in Atlanta. The theme for this year's conference is “Plastics Recycling and Sustainability on my Mind.” For information see www.sperecycling.org.