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WASHINGTON (January 6, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Energy has named the Rochester Institute of Technology to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition of leading universities and companies that will forge new clean energy initiatives and promote the continuous reuse of materials as deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive. ACC’s Plastics Division, which is an affiliate member of the REMADE Institute, issued the following statement, which may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC’s Plastics Division:

“ACC and America’s plastics makers welcome the selection of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability to lead REMADE. As one of 13 national research consortia that comprise DOE’s Manufacturing USA Initiative, REMADE represents $140 million in committed resources and the expertise of 26 universities, 44 companies, seven national labs, and 26 industry associations. 

“We look forward to working with all consortium members to increase the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and to strengthen remanufacturing and recycling as a means to further enhance the overall sustainability of the materials we use. For more than twenty years, ACC has worked to deliver new and improved products and to advance plastics recycling through research and demonstration projects, improved infrastructure and collection practices, partnerships, and consumer education.

“One of our more recent efforts has focused on expanding opportunities to recover difficult-to-recycle plastics, such as multilayer flexible packaging (e.g., pouches) through the Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) research collaborative, which published its initial research findings in September 2016.”

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