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10-31-2012

IAPD: Award Recipients Announced

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), Overland Park, KS/USA, has announced the 2012 Education Circle of Champions Award Recipients and the recipients of its annual Environmental Excellence Award.

Laird Plastics, Redwood Plastics Corporation and Total Plastics were selected to receive the Education Circle of Champions Award, which recognizes member firms that actively participate in and promote education and training initiatives within their company, IAPD and the plastics industry. These recipients have placed significant value on continuing plastics education inside and outside their organizations through the implementation and use of IAPD’s training programs and education resources.

The Environmental Excellence Award went to: Boltaron (Best New Program),Curbell Plastics,Inc. (Most Improved Program),Laird Plastics (Best Overall Program).

Boltaron was selected for a comprehensive green lighting initiative that has reduced the company’s energy consumption by more than 175,000 kilowatt hours and carbon emissions by more than 150 tons annually. Curbell Plastics was honored for numerous milestones achievements. The company has attained Zero landfill status at its two largest facilities in Orchard Park, NY/USA and its environmental best practices are being emulated by other companies. In addition, Curbell has been nominated to represent businesses and to assist Governor Cuomo’s “Cleaner Greener New York” campaign. Cope Plastics, Inc. has increased the total pounds of plastic recycled from 1.1 million pounds to 1.5 million pounds, representing an increase of more than 36 percent. In addition, the company expanded its recycling program to include 31 different grades of plastic, which make up nearly 90 percent of the material distributed through the company. Laird Plastics is being honored for environmentally friendly practices on numerous fronts. The company launched its first “green product” in 2011, distributing more than 400,000 linear feet of 100 percent recyclable packaging corner guards to replace the currently used cardboard option. Total pounds recycled increased from 3.2 million in 2009 to 8.7 in 2011. Laird is decreasing its use of natural resources, with a reduction in electrical consumption of 5.1 percent and natural gas usage by 5.9 percent.

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