There was no lack of industrial scrap, in addition to packaging and other post-consumer waste, at NPE2012. In fact, the reusable scrap generated in just one day by equipment operating on the exhibit floor amounted to tens of thousands of pounds.
However, other than food, none of it ended up in landfills, according to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.
Final figures provided to SPI by Maine Plastics, the official recycler for NPE2012, indicate that the production scrap generated by machinery operated on the show floor by 56 exhibitors participating in the "NPE Recycles" program amounted to 260,208 lb. (118 metric tons). This was more than double the 125,040-lb. (57-ton) total for NPE2009, where 45 exhibitors participated....