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Laird Plastics Receives Best Overall Environmental Excellence Award fro the IAPD

Overland Park, KS October 29, 2014 — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to announce that Laird Plastics once again received the annual Environmental Excellence Award for Best Overall Program. 

Laird Plastics was honored at the opening general session at the 58th Annual IAPD Convention in Chicago, IL, USA by IAPD Vice President and Convention Chair Kevin Short and IAPD President Jane Saale. 

Laird Plastics is in its sixth year of environmental stewardship and continues to devote significant resources to a business unit dedicated solely to sustainable supply chain management and domestic plastics recycling. The Laird Plastics business unit is responsible for the collection and analysis of environmental data and report these findings back to corporate leadership, customers and manufacturers. Recent accomplishments include recycling for 50+ of its facilities and hundreds of customers throughout North America, recycling for customers in 47 states and seven Canadian provinces, recycling more than 12 million pounds of plastics in 2013, significantly reduced contaminated materials in their recycling stream, and continuing to promote its environmentally friendly corner guard, which is being used through its network as a replacement for cardboard.

“IAPD is proud to honor the accomplishments of Laird Plastics with the Environmental Excellence Award. Life cycle analyses show that plastics are often the most environmentally friendly material to use for applications and as shown in the examples from these four companies, the manufacturing of those plastics can also be done in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Susan Avery, CAE, IAPD Chief Executive Officer.

Any IAPD member company is eligible to apply for the IAPD Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Applications are collected online and the IAPD Environmental Committee determines the recipients via secret ballot.

In addition to the awards program, the IAPD GreenScene(TM) program honors all member companies that are engaging in environmentally friendly practices. IAPD GreenScene(TM) members have been determined based on their award application and their participation in the committee’s biannual environmental survey.

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. What makes IAPD unique is a commitment to educating customers and other key end-users about plastics. In other words, IAPD works with members to build the demand for plastics. Central to this effort is the reinforcement of the value of distribution.