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America Recycles

2019 America Recycles Innovation Fair

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About the America Recycles Innovation Fair

The America Recycles Innovation Fair was held on November 14, 2019 and showcased recent advances in recycling technology, product development and materials usage. Exhibitors showcased new recyclable products, goods made from recycled content, innovative education and communication methods or materials that promote more effective recycling, recycling and manufacturing research, and new technologies that are advancing recycling today and into the future. The Innovation Fair connected the public as well as potential investors with recycling innovators, thereby spurring market development and adoption of new technologies that increase recycling rates as well as create new products comprised of post-recycled content.

Organizations helping to improve the recycling system through innovative research, new technologies, and processes, education and outreach, or recycled-content products were invited to apply to be an exhibitor at the America Recycles Innovation Fair on November 14, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Eastern time (ET) in the Pavilion Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20004. The Innovation Fair was open to the public.

List of Exhibitors

Organization Name Short Description
AMP Robotics Advanced artificial intelligence guided robotics
Axion Composite rail ties and construction products sourced from waste
Berry Global Sustainable packaging solutions
Colgate Recyclable toothpaste tube
Continuus Materials Composite building material from mixed paper and plastic
Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory Acid-free hydrometallurgical process for recovering rare earth elements from e-wastes
CTC Foundation High-temperature gasification of unsorted plastics to yield a syngas
DC Department of Public Works Waste Less, Recycle More outreach campaign
Don't Waste Durham Demonstrating the role of technology in the advancement of recycling
Eco Teen Action Network’s Plastics Hub Teen-led project of the Smithsonian Conservation Commons and the Global Co Lab Network that is proposing a reusable take-out container program in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area
EcoRich Elite II Industrial composters that can be used in on-site composting on a large scale
End of Waste Foundation Uses blockchain technology to subsidize losses for Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and glass processors through contributions by environmentally-conscious businesses and consumers
First Solar, Inc. Enabling a circular economy through high-value recycling for thin-film photovoltaics
Food Rescue A tool that helps students log, personalize, and prevent food waste
GO Box User-friendly software and durable hardware that empowers food vendors and their customers to choose reusables that eliminate single-use plastic containers and cups
Hallotex Collects old textiles, shreds the garments and upcycles garments currently viewed as waste into new textile fibers
Igloo World’s first cooler made from biodegradable materials
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Safe, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education
Interior Removal Specialist Furniture removal and recycling program
Keep America Beautiful Three innovative recycling initiatives launched in 2019
Keurig Dr. Pepper Recyclable K-Cup® pods
Machinex Industries SamurAI®, a sorting robot that employs artificial intelligence to identify materials
MariMatic Oy Pneumatic waste collection system – collects waste via vacuum through underground pipes
Maryland Environmental Service Variety of innovative and effective recycling programs
Materials Recovery for the Future First curbside recycling pilot program in U.S. to research flexible plastic packaging with other single-stream materials
Mattress Recycling Council Recycling 1.5 million mattresses a year through Bye Bye Mattress program
MSW Consultants The GAP System: a customizable platform for characterizing recyclables
Nestlé Poland Spring: on track to be the first major bottled water brand in the U.S. to convert its portfolio to 100% recycled plastic
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) A non-profit with a mission to reduce or eliminate barriers that lead to new expanded end uses for Pennsylvania’s recycled materials
Plastics Industry Association Innovative model for exploring new end market opportunities for recycled plastics
Pour Away Liquid recycling system that separates liquids from trash before disposal/recycling
ReCell Center - Argonne National Laboratory Advanced battery recycling research and development program
Recycle Across America Society-wide standardized labels for recycling bins
Recycle Coach Recycling education made fun, engaging, and memorable
RecycleGO Distributed ledger platform bringing transparency to recycling
Recyclist Software that takes a data-first approach to offer real-time visibility into recycling programs
RePolyTex LLC Processes mixed plastics into fine powder to create construction products
Revolution Collects and recycles agricultural plastic to create new products
Revolution Systems Equipment that brings recycling to smaller communities
SCRAPP A cloud-based, consumer-led initiative to increase participation in recycling
Solid Waste Association of North America Educating the public about recycling through education, advocacy, and research
The Recycling Partnership Non-profit that leverages corporate funding to transform recycling
Titus Secondary MRF to address sorting limitations at primary MRFs
U.S. EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Source of early capital for innovative small businesses in the green technology space
Van Dyk Newly-built, 18,000-square foot Material Test Center to research and improve recycling

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