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Axion Wins Resource Revolution Award

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U.K. company recognized for its ASR recycling facility.

Recycling Today Staff May 23, 2013

Axion Polymers has received recognition in the Technology Trailblazer Materials Recovery category in the Resource Revolution Awards 2013 for the company’s work in recycling materials from end-of-life vehicles for re-use in new and closed-loop applications such as automotive components.

The company was recognized for its Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) located in Trafford Park, Manchester, U.K. The plant was designed, built and is operated by Axion’s in-house engineering team.

The facility, which opened in 2011, targets auto shredder residue (ASR). Axion says the facility is capable of delivering a more than 95 percent recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles (ELV). The recycling rate is achieved through a combination of plastics recycling, producing materials for the construction industry and fuel to substitute coal.

In a release, Axion adds that plastic concentrate is further processed at its Salford, U.K., plant into a range of high quality plastic products, both chip and extruded pellet. The recycled polymers include Axpoly PP51, an extruded pellet that is reused in a range of industries, including the auto sector.

In receiving the award, Keith Freegard, Axion’s director, said, “We are delighted and very proud that our skills in innovative resource recovery processes and developing new technologies have been recognized in this way.

“To be labeled as Trailblazers further underlines what we do and highlights our technical expertise and the consultancy advice we can pass onto others who can also benefit from our breakthroughs. Winning this award gives us added confidence in new investment plans for the facility during 2013,” Freegard added.

The awards recognize and reward transformational modern waste management by championing those revolutionizing the concept of waste and the way society deals with it.

The list of winners and categories are the following:
•    Technology Trailblazer: Energy from Waste -- SEaB Energy. The award recognizes a technology-led project that is generating maximum energetic conversion efficiency from the waste it is processing through clean-tech innovation.
•    Landfill Diversion Strategy -- Carpet Recycling UK. The award recognizes an organization that has exceeded its targets and surpassed all expectations in diverting waste from landfill over the past 12 months.
•    Waste Collection Logistics Leader – Reconomy. The award recognizes a waste collection strategy that is delivering exceptional efficiencies in fleet, fuel and logistics.
•    Closed Loop Exemplar -- Marks & Spencer and Somerset Waste Partnership. The award recognizes a new closed loop initiative that is reducing demand for virgin materials or dynamically linking renewable energy supply and consumption.
•    Beyond Zero Waste Achievement -- DS Smith Recycling. The award recognizes a pioneering initiative that is centered on more holistic thinking and takes account of the whole lifecycle of waste and minimizing its environmental impact, from start-of-life to end-of-life.
•    Resource Revolutionary of the Year -- Richard Lochhead MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment. The special editor’s award recognizes an exceptional individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the resource management agenda over the past 12 months.

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