Vinyl film manufacturer i2M has garnered some industry recognition for a recycling takeback program for its PVC pool liners.
The Mountaintop, Pa., company has won the 2023 Recycling Award from the Vinyl Sustainability Council for its efforts setting up nearly 100 takeback bins to collect and recycle used vinyl swimming pool liners along the East Coast.
It increased its bin count more than 200 percent this year, VSC said in a Dec. 5 announcement.
"At i2M, we believe in driving positive change in the plastics industry, and this award reinforces our commitment to fostering innovation and sustainability," said CEO Alex Grover. "This isn't just about an award; it's about reshaping the narrative of how our industry approaches environmental responsibility, and we are honored to be at the forefront of this positive change."
VSC Executive Director Jay Thomas said the group was impressed with how i2M had grown the program.
i2M said the pool liners are recycled into other PVC products. The company said it ships collection bins to customers in the pool industry, and then when the bins are full, the company pays to pick them up and replace them with empty bins.
"We believe this is a win-win, as it eliminates the need for pool liner dealers and installers to pay for disposal of liners and prevents vinyl feedstocks from entering the waste stream," Grover said.
Beyond the VSC award, the company said it also offers employees subsidized child care benefits with a local provider and interest-free loans for car repairs and replacement. It also works with local high schools to offer graduation credits to students for manufacturing classes.