As a follow up to our post earlier this week, we would like to recognize The Excellence in EPS Recycling Award winner. This company is recognized for their outstanding achievements and best practices in foam recycling, including initiatives, technology advancement and innovation. The award also heightens EPS recycling awareness and serves as a model for others to improve their programs. The nominees are judged based upon criteria that includes new program developments or existing program improvements in EPS recycling, innovations in recycling and improvements in technology that expand EPS recycling efforts.
This year’s award winner was ReFoamIt, a company that organizes foam recycling collection events in New England. Founded in 2009, this husband and wife team encouraged their community to recycle foam; participating in Earth Day festivals and presenting to students, businesses and groups about the benefits of recycling. They began to collect foam on a part-time basis and transported it to a recycling plant out of state. In 2013 they became a full-time business; still collecting foam, recycling and presenting to various organizations. ReFoamIt participates in over 60 community events per year where they collect between 30 to 40 cubic yards of foam.
ReFoamIt, kudos to you for this benchmark. Your dedication to the education and efforts in foam recycling is an honorable exploit in our industry. We appreciate all you have done since 2009 and wish you many more years of success!
Additional nominees to highlight include:
NOVA Chemicals and the Pennsylvania Resource Council: acknowledged for their EPS recycling collection events across Pennsylvania, which were responsible for collecting three 26’ trucks full of foam.
The City of Houston: instituted the first EPS recycling program of its kind in the region; they fulfilled the requests of its citizens for a local recycling solution. Houston now recycles 2,000 lbs. of EPS per month.
Nine Live Products: recognized for their innovative Glu6 product; using natural processes to recycle EPS in to various types of glue.
*Special thank you to the EPS-IA for this information. For additional reading material please visit, http://www.epsindustry.org/eps-sustainability/excellence-eps-recycling-award