WEIMA Announced as Official Recycler for NPE2024: Leading the Charge Towards Sustainability in the Plastics Industry

news 18.05.2023

In a significant stride towards promoting sustainability in the plastics industry, WEIMA has been proudly named an Official Recycler of NPE2024, the highly anticipated tradeshow produced by PLASTICS. The event is scheduled to take place from May 6-10, 2024 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

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Sustainability in Focus

NPE2024: The Plastics Show, a triennial gathering of industry leaders and professionals, will mark a triumphant return after its cancellation in 2021 due to the pandemic. The anticipation surrounding this year's event is further amplified by the fact that despite missing a show cycle, the exhibit space on the show floor has already been completely sold out, underlining the industry's resilience and eagerness to come together.

green and white Logo from the NPE2024 Plastics Show

The collaboration of industry pioneers - Commercial Plastics Recycling, Inc. (CPR), Erema North America, Conair, PLASTICS, and Freeman Co. - is set to transform NPE2024 into an immersive experience of sustainable plastic manufacturing. The highlight of this endeavor is the creation of a mini-manufacturing center behind the show floor, providing attendees with a firsthand look at plastic recycling in action.

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Seeing is Believing

The innovative manufacturing area will allow visitors to safely traverse through a simulated "plant," where machinery from WEIMA and other key players will process plastic scrap generated during exhibitor demonstrations. CPR will employ 60 individuals who will make it possible for this scrap to be meticulously collected, sorted by type, and then shredded, granulated, and extruded on-site.

This transformative process effectively reduces the bulk of plastic waste, making it easier for transport to CPR's facility in Tampa. Once there, the recycled plastic material will be repurposed into new, valuable products, effectively diverting it from landfills and contributing to a greener future.

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Participation Makes it Possible

Exhibitors participating in NPE2024 will have the opportunity to join this recycling initiative by having their scrap collected and delivered to the recycling center. By filling out a simple form in the exhibitor dashboard, exhibitors can play an active role in reducing their environmental footprint and championing sustainability within the industry.

a WEIMA two-stage system is set up behind NPE 2018

A WEIMA two-stage shredding system processes plastic scrap generated on the show floor at NPE 2018.

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"Sustainability at NPE2024 is a top priority. We're committed to helping our exhibitors conduct their business in a way that drives value for society, the environment, and the industry."

-Patrick Krieger
Vice President of Sustainability for PLASTICS
[Source: https://npe.org/sustainability]

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The commitment to sustainability extends throughout the tradeshow. WEIMA's substantial booth presence in the Sustainability Zone, alongside their operational WLK 15 single-shaft shredder and two LM 600/1000 granulators, showcases their dedication to the cause. Erema will contribute to the recycling effort with an extruder processing plastic film in the same zone. Meanwhile, Conair's recycling demonstration will focus on transforming PET bottles into space-efficient flake within the South Hall near the Bottle Zone.

A free-standing red WEIMA WLK15

The WEIMA WLK15 single-shaft shredder

Learn more about two-stage plastic recycling with WEIMA. Click here

NPE2024: From 89% to 100% Plastic Recycling

During NPE2018, the pioneering Destroy Responsibly™ recycling initiative achieved an impressive milestone, recycling a remarkable 89% of plastic scrap generated on the show floor. The impact is evident: out of the 607 tons of plastic scrap generated in 2018, a substantial 535 tons were expertly recycled, effectively diverting significant waste from landfills and fostering a sustainable future.

[Source: https://npe.org/sustainability]

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Building on this success, NPE2024 sets an even more ambitious target of achieving 100% plastic recycling, encompassing materials like the plastic coverings used for booth carpet protection during setup.

The Destroy Responsibly™ program at NPE2018 was a huge success. See how this collaborative effort diverted 89% of the show's plastic waste from ending up in a landfill. Click here

Highlighting the innovative spirit of the event, the Circularity Zone in the Tangerine Ballroom will demonstrate how post-consumer resin and recycled plastics can be ingeniously transformed into new, sustainable products. Attendees will witness firsthand the process of turning discarded materials into valuable assets, solidifying the industry's commitment to a greener, cleaner world.

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Transformation through Sustainability

From live recycling demonstrations to dedicated sustainability zones, NPE2024 is poised to be a trailblazing platform that exemplifies the potential of sustainable practices within the plastics industry. With WEIMA’s participation as an Official Recycler, the event promises to inspire transformative change and set a precedent for a more environmentally conscious future.

Granulated HDPE pipes after shredding

HDPE plastic flakes after shredding

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About WEIMA

More than 40,000 machines sold worldwide! WEIMA has been manufacturing robust shredders and briquetting presses for the disposal and processing of all types of waste for more than four decades. Our machines include single-shaft shredders, four-shaft shredders, cutting mills and briquette presses. The popular blood orange machines are used in the wood, plastics, paper, metal and waste-to-energy industries.

Made in Germany. Built for the world.

Shredders and briquette presses from WEIMA are exclusively made in Germany and come from production plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Every year, more than 300 employees work on around 1,200 customer solutions from around the globe. We have long-standing sales and service locations in the USA, Poland, India and China. More than 80 representatives supplement this global presence.

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