U.K. company is recognized for its contribution to plastics recycling.
MBA Polymers, a plastics recycling company based in the United Kingdom, has won the Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Award at the 2014 Global Plastics Environment Conference (GPEC), held March 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.
MBA says the award is the highest accolade to be bestowed by conference organizers, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), and recognizes MBA’s 22-year commitment to recycling plastic polymers and raising awareness of the importance of tackling plastic pollution.
Mike Biddle, MBA’s founder, who gave a keynote address on ocean plastic waste, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“I’m honored to receive the Daniel Eberhardt award for our contribution to advancing plastics recycling technologies,” said Biddle. “Every step we’ve taken since we first started out has been driven by a desire to cut plastic waste from our world and transform it into high quality raw materials for use in new products. This kind of circular thinking is vital to conserving natural resources, preventing environmental pollution and ensuring a good quality of life for future generations.”
The company, which was formed in 1992, handles a wide range of postconsumer plastics from complex waste streams—including end-of-life vehicles and electronic scrap—transforming the material into high quality secondary raw materials.
The company can process more than 175,000 metric tons of plastic per year at its plants in the U.K., Austria and China.
GPEC outlined MBA’s achievements for polymer recycling, technological innovation, impact and commitment to education among the chief reasons for its decision to present the company with the award.
“MBA has gone beyond pioneering new technologies to become a true champion for plastics environmentalism,” said Susan Kozora, IAC engineering manager and GPEC 2014 chair, SPE.“In particular, Dr. Biddle is an outstanding spokesperson on the topics of the circular economy and the need to reduce waste, protect our oceans and make the most of our resources. We’d like to congratulate him and his global team on a great achievement and wish MBA well as it looks to expand and increase its processing capacity.”
“Based on MBA’s relentless and unmatched commitment to recycling and environmental solutions for plastics, they are awarded the prestigious Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award,” said Dr. P. Subramanian, chairman of the GPEC Environmental Awards Committee and a fellow of the SPE.