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Recycling Innovators Forum Seeks Game-Changing Proposals

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Recycling Innovators Forum Seeks Game-Changing Proposals
February 11, 2014
Portland, Oregon - Companies and organizations from across the recycling industry today announced the second annual Recycling Innovators Forum.
Designed to elevate and support actionable ideas that will generate real returns for recycling companies and stakeholders, the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum enables inventors, teams, researchers, entrepreneurs and others to compete for cash prizes, exposure for their ideas and industry attention. 
Sponsored by Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, Resource Recycling and Waste Management, the Forum will be held the day before the official start of the annual Resource Recycling Conference, building on the momentum of both events in 2013. 
Last year, a proposal from Earth911 to more effectively communicate the recyclability of products through smartphone apps beat out nearly 50 other proposals and nine finalists to take home the grand prize.
Ten finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of recycling professionals, venture capitalists and clean-tech investors on September 15, 2014 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans.  Prizes of $20,000 each will be awarded to the top idea backed by an enterprise or institution, and the top idea backed by a single inventor or startup team.
The Recycling Innovators Forum is currently seeking proposals to compete in the Forum, and suggests topics that focus on improving recycling collection, changing consumer behavior, sorting and processing technologies, market development for different material types, reducing capital costs, and other ideas to improve and advance recycling.
For more information on the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum, including full rules on entering the competition, visit
Henry Leineweber
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Alcoa is a global innovation leader in lightweight metals, products and solutions. Its technology, expertise and industry reach continue to advance automotive and aerospace transportation, building and construction, consumer electronics and packaging, defense applications across air, land and sea, and the oil and gas industry. Alcoa pioneered the modern-day aluminum industry 125 years ago and today is a leader in delivering value-add products made from a range of lightweight metals and flat-rolled aluminum. Alcoa is also the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, as well as the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 60,000 people in 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit, follow @Alcoa on Twitter and follow us on Facebook at

American Chemistry Council Plastics Division
The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division represents leading companies dedicated to providing innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow through plastics.  Ongoing innovations from America's plastics makers have led to medical advances and safety equipment that make our lives better, healthier and safer every day. Advances in plastics are helping Americans save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease waste.  Because plastics are such a valuable resource, the Plastics Division is leading efforts to "reduce, reuse, recycle and recover" through outreach, education and access to advances in recycling technology.  Find out more at
Coca-Cola Recycling
Coca-Cola Recycling LLC, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Refreshments, was created in 2007 to lead package recovery efforts for the Coca-Cola system in North America.  Because Coca-Cola envisions a world where used packaging materials are not seen as waste, but as valuable resources for future use, Coca-Cola Recycling works to recover and recycle PET plastic bottles and aluminum cans. For more information, please visit

Resource Recycling, Inc.
For over three decades, Resource Recycling, Inc. has published universally-acclaimed business journals for the recycling industry, including the company's flagship magazine, Resource Recycling, as well as E-Scrap News and Plastics Recycling Update.  Resource Recycling, Inc.'s publications focus extensively on the latest recycling trends, market analysis, research, equipment and business news for the recycling and waste management industry.  Additionally, the company hosts and manages three annual recycling conferences and tradeshows: The Resource Recycling Conference, the E-Scrap Conference, and the Plastics Recycling Conference.  Visit today to subscribe, attend and learn more about this important industry.

Waste Management
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery and disposal services.  It is one of the largest residential recyclers and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the U.S.  The company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America.  To learn more information about Waste Management visit or

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