Here's the latest way that NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla., surpassed NPE2009 in Chicago: This year's event recycled more than twice as much plastic production scrap than what was handled three years ago.
The 56 exhibitors participating in the NPE Recycles program generated 260,208 pounds of plastic scrap from machinery running at the event, held April 1-5 at the Orange County Convention Center. In 2009, 45 exhibitors contributed 125,040 pounds to a similar program. Data for the comparison was provided by Maine Plastics Inc. of Zion, Ill., which served as the official recycler for NPE2012.
“Individual exhibitors generated more scrap than in 2009, chiefly because they had more machines operating on the show floor,” SPI trade show operations director A.J. Janosko said in a June 7 news release. “The economic and logistical advantages of exhibiting in our new venue in Orlando, along with the improved business climate, encouraged equipment companies to invest more in their booths.”
These factors, Janosko added, resulted in “The Return of the Machines” — the slogan coined for the show by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the event's organizer.
SPI required exhibitors not involved in the NPE Recycles program to have their scrap delivered to the OCCC loading dock for off-site sorting.
More than 80 percent of the 908,620 pounds of post-consumer solid waste generated at the show was recycled. The remainder consisted of food waste, which went to landfills.
The NPE Recycles program this year also collected 67 percent more scrap on a per-exhibitor basis compared with three years ago.
NPE had been held in Chicago for 40 years before SPI decided to relocate this year's show to Orlando. Some 55,000 people registered for this year's show — an increase of almost 30 percent over 2009.