In 2013, SPI announced an organization-wide mantra to move the plastics industry toward "zero waste." Initiatives include a website dedicated to the plastics recycling marketplace, the hiring of a director of recycling and the Operation Clean Sweep program.
And with the return of NPE next year, SPI will dedicate a special sector of the exhibit floor at NPE2015 (March 23-27, 2015) to serve as a "Zero Waste Zone" focusing on the industry mandate to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics.
Reflecting SPI's commitment to pursuing zero waste, the Zero Waste Zone will present recycling demonstrations, multiple displays of products made with post-consumer recycled material, a cradle-to-cradle education experience and special events. Surrounding the Zero Waste Zone will be the Recycling Pavilion, with exhibits by recycling companies and suppliers of recycling technologies, and the Sustainability Pavilion, featuring technologies that benefit the environment. The entire sector will be located in the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, the venue for NPE2015 in Orlando.
Some of the programs, early participants, and events already planned for the Zero Waste Zone are:
â Recycling demonstration by Rapid Granulator Inc., which will process PET products into reusable flakes. Additional demonstrations are planned.
â Products made from recycled plastics, displayed by companies such as Dell, EcoStrate, Green Toys, Preserve Products, Seventh Generation, and TerraCycle, with more to be announced.
â PET recycling / sustainability van provided by the HB Media publication PETplanet Insider.
â 'Pursuing Zero Waste' Wall, where NPE2015 attendees can pin their business cards to show their commitment to zero waste (and become eligible to win a motorcycle).
â International Beer Garden, an attendee networking spot opening at 11 A.M. daily, where special events will be held.
"The reuse and recycling of plastics, as well as the reduction of plastics waste, are top priorities in our industry and for SPI and its industry partners," said Gene Sanders, SPI's senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. "The Zero Waste Zone and the surrounding Recycling and Sustainability Pavilions will provide attendees with concentrated access to companies and technologies that have made it their business to address these themes and develop workable solutions."