This week in waste, companies celebrated awards based on their achievements with innovation; new appointments lead to company growth; and stakeholders gather to discuss plastics.

March 21, 2024

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For the second year in a row, Ascend Elements has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The fast-growing EV battery materials company earned the #1 ranking in Fast Company’s Automotive category for the 2024 list. Other top brands on the global list include Nvidia, YouTube and Taco Bell. This year’s list shines a spotlight on businesses that are shaping industry and culture through innovation.

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From March 18th to the 21st, the Plastics Industry Association will hold its annual Spring Meeting and partner with the American Chemistry Council for a Plastics Industry Legislative Fly-In. These events allow for plastics industry stakeholders to gather in the nation’s capital to help set the direction of the industry, promote a sustainable future, navigate the economic landscape, showcase innovation and insights, and advance key policy initiatives. The industry legislative fly-in bridges the gap between local employers from the industry and elected officials on Capitol Hill on a wide range of policy issues including plastic sustainability, recycling, and promoting innovation.  

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RecycleNation.com, an online search engine tool and informational site designed to help anyone, anywhere in the United States find the nearest location to responsibly recycle anything, has been ranked as the #1 recycling tool on the internet and #2 recycling-related site overall, according to a recently announced ranking by FeedSpot. FeedSpot analyzes what it considers to be the top recycling blogs from thousands of blogs and websites on the web and ranks them based on traffic, social media followers and freshness.

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Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) and the Republic Services Charitable Foundation announced the 15 organizations receiving 2024 National Neighborhood Promise grants. The Foundation's National Neighborhood Promise program aims to promote sustainable communities and the quality of life of residents through volunteer projects, monetary donations and in-kind services. This year, a total of $3 million is being awarded to 15 nonprofit organizations making a lasting difference in their local communities.

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TIPA, a global leader in compostable flexible packaging solutions, announced that Rodrigo Castaneda has joined the company as VP and General Manager North America to further drive the company’s expanding regional presence. Castaneda will lead TIPA’s drive to increase its share in the compostable packaging market as demand grows for eco-friendly solutions as an alternative to conventional flexible plastic packaging. He joins the company with over 25 years of experience at world-class organizations in several industries, including food and beverage, home and personal care, pet nutrition, and apparel and textiles. 

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