Published on October 26th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS


The Recycling Innovators Forum Incentivizes Recycling’s Future

Recycling Innovators Forum 2013

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 this website.

Source: Business Wire


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