A trade group and two companies are being recognized by the Plastics division of the American Chemistry Council for their work when it comes to plastics recycling.
The Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards for 2017 are going to Amcor, the Association of Plastic Recyclers and Procter & Gamble, the ACC said.
The winners were announced on Nov. 15, America Recycles Day.
Amcor, the packaging giant, is being recognized for creation of a mono-material plastic pouch that contains 20 percent post-consumer recycled content.
"Amcor notes that the pouch itself can be recycled along with other mono-material plastic bags and product overwraps at drop-off locations across the U.S. The pouch features the How2Recycle label, which educates consumers about how to recycle various packaging materials, including plastics. The latest company to use Amcor's innovative pouch is Method," according to ACC.
APR is being honored for its newly created Recycling Demand Champions Campaign that encourages companies to use durable products such as crates, totes and pallets that have recycled content. The new program, started just this fall, already has seen more than 10 companies agree to participate in the campaign.
And P&G is being recognized for its work with PureCycle Technologies "to develop a recycling technology that produces high-quality recycled polypropylene, increasing the variety of end-market applications for the material," ACC states. P&G will use the recycled PP and make it available to other companies through PureCycle.
"This year's award recipients are doing critical work to help support and grow domestic end markets for recycled plastics," said Craig Cookson, senior director of recycling and energy recovery for ACC, in a statement. "The honorees are leaders in innovation, helping to ensure that valuable recycled plastics are being kept out of landfills and used in new products."
The awards are designed to "recognize companies, nonprofits, and government bodies that successfully bring new technologies, products, and initiatives to communities and the marketplace, which demonstrate significant innovations in plastics recycling," according to ACC.