A pipeline designed to protect the Great Salt Lake in Utah and an underground rainwater harvesting system were among the standout projects undertaken by members of the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc.
A hybrid air-and-water cooling system and brine transfer line also are in the spotlight of the Irving, Texas-based trade group, which recognizes the different ways plastic pipes and conduits contribute to the world and environment at its annual conference.
Plastics extruders nominate projects, and the trade group's members, which also include resin producers, engineering firms and distributors, vote on the winners in five divisions: building and construction, drainage, energy, municipal and industrial, and power and communications.
"We had an all-time high number of exciting projects being submitted," PPI President David Fink said. "This is reflective of the growing use of plastic pipe in so many different areas. During 2022, according to our data, shipments of pipe from our members grew by more than 20 percent, and the use of recycled post-consumer content increased to its highest level ever."
Recycling figures get a big boost from PPI member Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., a manufacturer of high density polyethylene and polypropylene pipe, tanks and chambers used to manage storm and septic wastewater.
It is also one of the largest recyclers in the United States. For processing an estimated 620 million tons of used plastics, which is used for its products, ADS ranks No. 2 among North American plastics recyclers and brokers in Plastics News data.
Projects using ADS pipe have been recognized in the past by PPI, but this year's flurry of nominations brought out some competition.