THE 2016 DIVE AWARDS FOR THE WASTE INDUSTRY

From company of the year to hauler hero, we round up the 10 most important and transformative industry players of this year.

AUTHOR Kristin Musulin@WasteDiva
PUBLISHED Nov. 29, 2016

In 2015, Waste Dive predicted the six biggest waste industry trends for 2016, marking CNG usage, increased automated collections and declining commodity prices as industry-changing developments. However we couldn’t have quite predicted a wide range of impactful happenings — like the Waste Connections-Progressive Waste merger, Republic’s growing focus on customer service or the lasting impression that industry professionals of all ages would have on the communities they serve and the world around them.

ByFusion’s RePlast Blocks named ‘MOST DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION OF THE YEAR’ by Waste Dive

(November 29, 2016) — ByFusions’ RePlast blocks hav been named the winner of the 2016 Dive Awards: Most Disruptive Innovation of the Year by Waste Dive, a leading industry news publisher.

With its 100% modular technology platform, ByFusion produces customizable blocks out of plastic waste—a process that emits 95% less greenhouse gas than concrete blocks.

“We selected ByFusion’s RePlast Blocks as Most Disruptive Innovation of the Year due to their ability to transform waste into useful, sustainable and realistic alternative to traditional construction materials,” said Kristin Musulin, editor…

August 9, 2016 – CAN OCEAN PLASTICS MAKE HOMES FOR THE POOR? ONE COMPANY WANTS TO TURN POLLUTION INTO SHELTER.
By G. Clay Whittaker

ByFusion wants to turn ocean and other plastic pollution into useful and efficient housing materials.

There’s no shortage of plastic in the ocean: un-recycled plastic from toys, containers, skin cleansers and countless other things fill the oceans in startling volume. But while clean-up is a major priority, there might also be a benefit to the …

August 2, 2016 – How startup ByFusion is turning plastic trash into a construction commodity By Cole Rosengren 

Dive Brief:

• New York-based startup ByFusion is turning plastic waste into construction blocks known as RePlast. The company’s technology can use any form of plastic, including marine debris, in its process…

August 1, 2016 – Recycled ocean plastic could become the building block of the future: Eco-friendly treatment would transform floating waste into quirky, colorful construction bricks

BY BARBARA ELDREDGE @BARBARAELDREDGE

More than 300 million tons of plastic trash is generated every year, but less than 8 percent of that waste is recycled. In fact, as much as 12 million tons ends up in the ocean. A new U.S.-based startup, ByFusion, has a novel solution for tackling the growing problem of ocean plastic: turn it into construction material.

The concept is actually pretty simple. Plastic trash collected from the ocean gets compressed into sturdy, construction-quality bricks called RePlast using ByFusion’s patented process.

It sounds straightforward, but the details of the process is…

August 1, 2016 – Narrative Matters Episode #29. ByFusion: Building the blocks to eliminate ocean waste

SHOW NOTES

On the right is a picture of RePlast, an exciting new building block made entirely from plastic recovered from the ocean where it has been continuously dumped for generations. While its viable applications are yet to be fully determined, the man behind the business bringing RePlast to life…

July 26, 2016 — ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks by Cat DiStasio

The problem of ocean waste, particularly the plastic variety, is a big one, and many creative people are working on ways to clean it up. Finding ways to repurpose the plastic debris collected from the ocean is one component of that, and the U.S.-based startup ByFusion has responded…

July 19th, 2016 – BYFUSION: CREATING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR TACKLING OCEAN WASTE

“It’s all about timing,” says Gregor Gomory, CEO of ByFusion, a startup he believes is about to take advantage of a “perfect storm” brewing as the world wakes up to the enormous problem of plastic waste filling up our oceans.

By now, we’ve all heard the statistics: By 2050, there will be…

July 8th, 2016 – BYFUSION PBC ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP WITH 1% FOR THE PLANET

Brooklyn, New York, July 5th, 2016 – ByFusion PBC joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

ByFusion, a public benefit company, has a 100% modular techn…

June 8th, 2016 – BYFUSION TEAMS UP WITH SUSTAINABLE COASTLINES HAWAII IN A JOINT EFFORT TO REMOVE PLASTIC POLLUTION FROM HAWAII’S WATERS

Brooklyn, NY, June 8, 2016 – This week, ByFusion announced that they will be partnering with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH), an organization whose mission is to inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups, to start processing plastic…