The Excellence in EPS Recycling Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements and best practices in foam recycling, including special initiatives, innovation and technology advancement. The award will also heighten EPS recycling awareness and will serve as a model for others to improve their programs.
ABOUT THE AWARD
Award winners will be honored at our annual conference, EPS EXPO, held in Charleston, South Carolina from March 20-22, 2017.
Each individual company or entity is judged on achievement(s) in one of the following categories:
SPECIAL PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
New program developments or existing program improvements that significantly increase EPS recycling.
Innovations in recycling that show exemplary results in material processing efficiencies.
Improvements to existing technology or developments of new technology that expand EPS recycling efforts.
2016 AWARD WINNER & HONORABLE MENTIONS
The winner of the 2016 Excellence in EPS Recycling Award is Pacific Allied Products, a major plastics manufacturer located in Oahu, Hawaii. Through their program, the Hawaiian Recycling Initiative, Pacific Allied Products has greatly increased the recycling production of EPS in their state over the past decade, now totaling 775,000 pounds of foam per year, currently gathered from 54 different companies.
Buckeye Industries was acknowledged for their free EPS foam recycling program that provides vocational training and employment to people living with disabilities. In 2015, Buckeye recycled 30,582 pounds of foam.
University of Wisconsin, Madison which instituted the Boxable program to create pathways for local reuse and recycling of EPS pharmaceutical coolers.This student-driven program diverted approximately 8,000 lbs. of EPS from the landfill in 2015.
Sedona Recycles was recognized for their community drop-off program which recycled 13,360 pounds of EPS foam in 2015.
City of Airdrie was also recognized for their community program drop-off program which recyled 5,500 pounds of EPS foam in 2015.
MEET THE JUDGES
NINA GOODRICH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GreenBlue
Nina is an internationally recognized leader in the packaging industry with expertise in sustainability, innovation, and organizational development. Nina is currently Executive Director of GreenBlue, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable. She was previously Program Director for PAC NEXT in Toronto, which strives towards a "world without packaging waste." Goodrich also founded consultancy Sustainnovation Solutions to inspire industry to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy.
BRENDA PULLEY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RECYCLING, Keep America Beautiful
Brenda joined KAB in October 2010 to develop, execute and expand America Recycles Day. She also supports other recycling programs and connects with Washington-based stakeholders. In this role, she identifies and develops strategies for policy issues key to KAB, its mission and members. Prior to joining KAB, Brenda served as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Novelis. Brenda began her nearly 30-year career working for the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Environmental Small Business Committee. In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, she has also worked for both corporations and trade associations. Brenda also serves on the Board of Directors of R2 Solutions - the organization charged with promoting environmentally responsible practices throughout the electronics recycling industry.
LISA MCTIGUE PIERCE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, Packaging Digest
Veteran packaging journalist Lisa McTigue Pierce is the Executive Editor of Packaging Digest, "The Voice of the Packaging Community"/ She started her packaging media career in 1982 and, over the years, has worked with Package Engineering magazine. She also had a brief stint with consumer insights leader Iconoculture to help the company launch its new Global Packaging Advisory Service in 2009 before returning to the her first love: the packaging media market.
PATTY MOORE, PRESIDENT & CEO, Moore Recycling Associates Inc.
Patty founded Moore Recycling Associates in 1989 while she was completing her M.S. in Resource Management and Administration from the University of Antioch-New England’s Environmental Studies Department. In 1994, the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California contracted with Moore Recycling Associates to manage the day-to-day operations of PRCC; Patricia serves as Executive Director and manages all PRCC’s business operations. Ms. Moore was a participant in a Department of Commerce, Plastics Trade and Investment Mission to China and strives to advance the number and type of materials collected for recycling on both a local and global scale.