Cope Plastics Awarded for Recycling, Education and Design Efforts

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Cope Plastics was recognized for their environmental excellence at the IAPD convention in Miami, FL.

Cope Plastics honored for its Environmental Excellence.

Cope Plastics, Inc. went to Miami, FL for the 57th Annual International Association of Plastics Distribution Convention & Plastics Showcase. During the convention, Cope was recognized for their efforts in recycling, education and design.

IAPD awarded Cope with the Environmental Excellence Award for Best Recycling Program. Cope’s recycling efforts have grown immensely over the last few years. With the addition of the Cope Plastics Processing Center in Alton, IL, a crew of three employees has worked to keep over 1.5 million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year. The company is currently introducing a single-stream recycling program to help increase progress throughout the company. In 2012, Cope received the Environmental Excellence Award for Most Innovative Environmental Program.

Cope was also awarded the Education Circle of Champions Award during this year’s expo. The IAPD Education Committee established the Education Circle of Champions in 2009 to acknowledge the innovative and exemplary educational initiatives by member firms. It is a special recognition for companies that emphasize continuing plastics education within their organization through the use of IAPD’s training and educational resources.

As a finalist in the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition, Cope will be presenting their application to a Design Review Board in Miami this October. This competition presents a unique opportunity for companies, individuals and universities to showcase their innovative use of plastics in different applications and tell their stories on a scale that may not otherwise be available. Cope’s design demonstrates an application for a bearing designed to reduce operating costs and improve production efficiency at a large food products manufacturer.

About Cope Plastics
Cope Plastics is the premier distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod and tube across the Midwest delivering solutions to our valued customers since 1946. The company is proud to be a certified Women Owned Business by the NWBOC since 2012. Visit us at

About The International Association of Plastics Distribution (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. Visit us at

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