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The SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and organizer of next year's big plastics show in Orlando, NPE2012, have tapped Maine Plastics to again be the official plastics recycler of the event. NPE, held every three years, has in the past been in Chicago, and SPI predicts the Orlando setting will allow for more processing machinery running at the show. For Maine Plastics, that will mean more output to collect and recycle.

PlasticsToday Staff

August 19, 2011

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Maine Plastics, out of Illinois, wins Florida business of SPI

The SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and organizer of next year's big plastics show in Orlando, NPE2012, have tapped Maine Plastics to again be the official plastics recycler of the event. NPE, held every three years, has in the past been in Chicago, and SPI predicts the Orlando setting will allow for more processing machinery running at the show. For Maine Plastics, that will mean more output to collect and recycle.

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A member of the recycling program staff at NPE2009 eyes the closures coming off of an Engel press.

NPE2012 is the fifth consecutive edition of the triennial NPE for which Maine Plastics has been the official recycler. According to SPI (Washington, DC), next year's show is shaping up to be so big that the reusable scrap generated in just one day by equipment operating on the exhibit floor will amount to tens of thousands of pounds.
 
Maine Plastics (Zion, IL) will take on collection, separation, transportation, and reprocessing of production-line scrap, as well as such other waste as the PET bottles left behind by the expected visitor total of 60,000+ professionals. NPE2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

Maine Plastics will coordinate with SPI, the OCCC, exhibitors, and vendors in administering the recycling program. Taking part in the program will cost exhibitors no more than if they used standard trash removal services, said David Spitulnik, president of Maine Plastics. "Our goal is to equal or surpass the NPE2009 recycling program, in which we collected and recycled 95% of the recoverable materials, amounting to 125,000 pounds," said Spitulnik.
 
Chances are good that the 2012 recycling program will surpass that of 2009 by a large margin, according to Gene Sanders, SPI's senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. "We expect to see a lot more scrap being produced on the NPE2012 show floor, and that will be a good thing," said Sanders. "It will be the result of a substantial increase in the number of machines being shown in full operation, enhancing the value of attending NPE2012 while yielding everything from caps and closures to blown film to automotive components."
 
During the show, SPI will organize a PET recycling demonstration and exhibit. "Working with Maine Plastics, we will sponsor a live reprocessing demonstration, plus an exhibit of products manufactured from recovered PET bottles, such as fibers and clothing, strapping, and, of course, more bottles," said Sanders.
 

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