Bag maker and recycler Hilex Poly receives environmental award


While some hope that plastic bags go the way of the dinosaurs, the nation's largest manufacturer of single-use plastic bags was recently recognized for its recycling program.

Hilex Poly was presented with the 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division's Award for Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications, at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference in New Orleans, LA. The award recognizes innovations in plastics recycling solutions and an overall commitment to sustainability.

Hilex Poly received the award for its Bag-2-Bag recycling program, which helps consumers and retail employees recycle plastic bags, sacks and wraps at grocery stores and retailers. Hilex has set up more than 30,000 collection points distributed across the country at in-store collection bins, where the company collects plastic bags, sacks and wraps including dry cleaning bags, water bottle overwraps and newspaper bags. The material is then gathered into bales and transported to the company's recycling center in North Vernon, IN....
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