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The Recycling Innovators Forum Incentivizes Recycling's Future


Alcoa, The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division, Coca-Cola Recycling, eCullet, Resource Recycling, Inc. and Waste Management, Inc. today announced the 2013 Recycling Innovators Forum and Competition.

Open to anyone willing to participate, the Recycling Innovators Forum and Competition seeks original and actionable innovations that have the potential to transform the recycling industry. With the long-term goals of awarding invention, originality and measurable improvement in recycling customer experiences, processes, technology and markets, the Recycling Innovators Forum and Competition organizers have identified a dozen topics innovators can focus their efforts on. These requests for proposals cover everything from recycling markets, to engineering improvements, to innovative collection ideas, and more.

The top seven-to-10 innovators will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of 150 recycling professionals at the 2013 Recycling Innovators Forum, held August 26, in conjunction with the 2013 Resource Recycling Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, August 27-28, 2013.

The top finalists chosen will receive honorariums of $20,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place), and $2,000 (third place), paid travel and lodging for the Recycling Innovators Forum, an article covering their idea in Resource Recycling magazine, and the opportunity to present their idea to venture capitalists invited to the Resource Recycling Conference.

“Waste Management is proud to sponsor this prestigious event through Resource Recycling magazine,” said William Caesar, Waste Management's president of recycling services and organic growth. “The industry is in need of practical, actionable plans to solve the growing pains and gaps that exist in recycling today as it includes more materials and becomes more complex. We hope the Innovators Forum becomes a touchstone event, which brings excellent ideas ready for execution together with mentors and investors who can turn them into a reality.”

“We are excited to partner to help promote new ideas throughout the recycling supply chain,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “Innovation is the key to maintaining the vibrancy of any industry, and we look forward to seeing new approaches that will strengthen America's recycling industry while giving more of our resources a second life.”

A 3-4 page abstract should be submitted before January 7, 2013 to be considered.

More information, including a complete list of rules and requests for proposals, can be found at

About Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions in North America. It is one of the largest residential recyclers and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the U.S. To learn more information, visit or

About American Chemistry Council Plastics Division

Because plastics are such a valuable resource, the American Chemistry Council Plastics Division is leading efforts to “reduce, reuse, recycle and recover,” including through outreach, education and access to advances in recycling technology. Visit for more.

About Resource Recycling

Resource Recycling, Inc. has been an independent source of recycling news, information and resources for over 30 years. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company's publications include Resource Recycling, E-Scrap News and Plastics Recycling Update. Visit for more.

About Coca-Cola Recycling

Coca-Cola Recycling envisions a world where used packaging materials are not seen as waste, but as valuable resources for future use. CCR is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Enterprises and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a joint initiative of The Coca-Cola Co., Coca-Cola Enterprises, and industry.

About eCullet

Committed to continuously perfecting its glass processing technology and operations to help promote a cleaner and safer environment, eCullet provides customers with the highest quality recycled glass to maximize the diversion of post-consumer waste from landfill.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. More information can be found at

Recycling Innovators Forum
Ali Briggs-Ungerer, 503-233-1305
Conference and Editorial Associate

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