Award Honors Recycling Ingenuity

excellence-eps-recycling-awardThe EPS Industry Alliance has created a new annual award to recognize advancements in expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling. The Excellence in EPS Recycling Award will be presented in Cincinnati this March at EPS EXPO, the EPS industry’s annual conference. The award has already received a friendly welcome from the recycling community. Matthew McKenna, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Nina Goodrich, Executive Director of GreenBlue, Lisa Pierce, Executive Editor of Packaging Digest, and Patty Moore, President and CEO of Moore Recycling Associates have all agreed to be judges for the award.

For many years EPS recycling has been making strides in reach and effectiveness. Programs run by companies such as Walmart and Omaha Steaks, which have been extremely successful in collecting EPS to produce new products and raise awareness of EPS recycling, are prime examples of what can be accomplished with innovative ideas and collaborative partnership. Their efforts and those of companies and organizations like them have helped clarify the public perception of EPS from an environmental liability to a reusable and recyclable material with a variety of end-use markets.

EPS recycling has been steadily increasing for the last twenty years. In 2010, over 71 million pounds of EPS was recycled for a recycling rate of 28% of all EPS produced, which is the highest recycling rate among all plastics.  This award seeks to honor the creativity and drive of those that make this level of EPS recycling possible.

EPS recycling covers a broad spectrum with many exciting new developments every year. In order to properly recognize these achievements the Excellence in EPS Recycling Award will be presented to a winner from one of three categories: special programs and initiatives, recycling advancements, and technology innovations. Each category will have specific evaluation criteria that will be weighted to equalize submissions from big and small companies or organizations allowing them to compete on a level playing field.

Interested parties can make submissions for the Excellence in EPS Recycling Award through an entirely on-line application form atwww.epsindustry.org. For any questions please contact Diana Gentilcore at 800-607-3772 or dgentilcore@epsindustry.org.

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