A record number of attendees and exhibitors helped substantiate the enthusiastic statements regarding the plastics recycling sector delivered by the leaders of three prominent industry associations at the recent Plastics Recycling Conference (March 19-20; Sheraton New Orleans; New Orleans, LA).
"This is going to be a great year, starting today," declared Steve Russell, VP of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) plastics division. "The reason for my optimism is that access to recycling has either reached or is about to reach a place where companies can put 'recyclable' on more packages."
Russell, along with Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI); Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) kicked off the conference and exhibition with a panel discussion moderated by Jerry Powell, executive editor of Resource Recycling, which also organizes the event.
Russell was referring to news delivered at the event that some common PET and HDPE packages could now be labeled recyclable with PP close behind. Kneiss and Russell both cited a shift in the public's mindset regarding recycling as a key reason to feel good about where the sector is headed....