Recycling Innovators Forum seeks proposals

Earth911 took home last year's grand prize for proposing a way to communicate product recyclability through smartphone apps.

February 18, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Conferences & Events Municipal / IC&I
The date for the second annual Recycling Innovators Forum has been set. The forum will be held in New Orleans Sept. 15, 2014, at the Hilton Riverside. The one-day event is designed to elevate and support ideas that will generate real returns for recycling companies and stakeholders, according to organizers.

The Forum, sponsored by Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, Resource Recycling‎ and Waste Management, will be held the day before the official start of the annual Resource Recycling Conference.

Last year, a proposal from Earth911 designed  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.

The event has been structured to bring together 10 finalists to present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of recycling professionals, venture capitalists and clean-tech investors. Prizes of $20,000 each will be awarded to the top idea backed by an enterprise or institution and to the top idea backed by a single inventor or startup team. 

The Recycling Innovators Forum is currently seeking proposals  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.

More information on the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum, including full rules on entering the competition, is available at