Two winners emerged from the groundbreaking ideas presented at the second annual Recycling Innovators Forum – a plan to scale healthcare plastics recycling to a regional level, and a color-coded, multi-purpose glass aggregate.
The Recycling Innovators Forum was held in New Orleans on Sept. 15, 2014, co-located with the 2014 Resource Recycling Conference. Eight finalists selected from more than 60 entries competed for the top $20,000 prize awarded in each of two categories.
Ruby Lake Glass LLC won the garage innovator prize for its manufacture of color-coated recycled glass useful for road demarcation, mulch, flooring, tile and countertops, pools, and crafts and artwork.
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council won the enterprise/institution prize for its Regional Healthcare Plastics Recycling Demonstration Project. By mid-2015, the project will convene several hospitals and a recycler in one region to demonstrate large-scale opportunities for recovering and recycling non-infectious healthcare plastics.
“Being able to communicate and articulate this opportunity to the recycling community through the Recycling Innovators Forum is part of our goal,” said Peylina Chu, senior consultant at environmental consultancy Antea Group, who gave HPRC’s presentation. “This can be a model for how to build a healthcare recycling program in any major metropolitan area.”
Learn more about the Regional Healthcare Plastics Recycling Demonstration Project, its goals, and lessons learned from local pilot studies in our previous post.