MBA Polymers

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MBA Polymers
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994) in the United States
FounderMichael Biddle

MBA Polymers is a recycling company[1] with operations globally that recovers plastics from end-of-life durable goods.[2]

Company history[edit]

MBA Polymers was founded in 1994 in the United States[3] by Mike Biddle.[4][5] The company specializes in recycling durable goods from waste streams such as electronics and auto-shredder residue.[1][6] MBA Polymers raised money to develop its technology for extracting and recycling plastic from many devices.[7]

Recycling process[edit]

Raw material arrives at MBA Polymers’ recycling facilities either shredded or as whole parts, often from other recyclers that do not handle plastic.[8] MBA works with manufacturers around the world to replace virgin plastics with MBA plastics in their new products.[2]

Global operations[edit]

Having opened its first recycling facility in 1994,[9] MBA Polymers also has build recycling plants in the UK and in China,[1][10] and has recently announced plans to relocate its research and development facilities from the United States to the United Kingdom.[11][12] In 2004 MBA Polymers created a joint venture with Guangzhou Iron and Steel Enterprises Holdings Ltd to establish its sustainable recycling operations in China.[13] MBA Polyers' operations in China now employ over 160 people. The company has invested USD$15million in the recycling plant.[13]

The company expanded its operations to Austria in 2006.[14]

MBA has more than 300 million lb/year of processing capacity in Europe,[14] China and the U.S. to turn waste into recycled plastics.[2]

MBA Polymers’ technology and patents are registered in Australia, Canada, China, Europe and USA. The patents are 100% owned by MBA Polymers Inc, including any improvements made at the plant level. The highly automated polymer separation technology developed and patented by MBA Polymers encompasses over 20 complex separation procedures to facilitate the recovery, purification and monetization of plastics by type and grade at attractive commercial economics.

The latest patent was issued on 17.01.2019 by the European Patent office is Nr EP14707916.4: Process and Requirement for the recovery of plastic from durable goods (ASR, ESR, WSR)


  • 2017: ‘Young Global Leaders Award for Circular Economy SME’ of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • 2014: Katerva Award [15]
  • 2007: World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer Award [16]
  • 2006: Tech Museum Tech Laureate Award for Environment [17]
  • 2002: The inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation[18]


  1. ^ a b c "Plastics News, "MBA Polymers relocating R&D to the UK", by Jessica Holbrook 15th July 2013". Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c Caliendo, Heather (5 August 2013). "Entrepreneur looks to reduce both plastic waste and poverty". Plastics Today. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  3. ^ Silicon Valley Business Journal, "Recycling executive makes his mark with trashed computers", by David Bragi, 18 March 2001
  4. ^ ", "How companies grow through a recession", by Kevin Voigt, 11th September 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  5. ^ ", "Will green tech be the next investment bubble?", by Matt Ford" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  6. ^ Waste & Recycling News, "US-based recyclers may gain from China’s Green Fence", by Jessica Holbrook, 15 July 2013
  7. ^ "Time, "A flash of the future", by Bill Saporito, 12th December 2005 This technology means that material that might otherwise end up in landfill can be more easily recycled and is an important step in creating sustainable business processes" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  8. ^ "Silicon Valley Business Journal, "Recycling executive makes his mark with trashed computers", by David Bragi" (PDF). 18 March 2001. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  9. ^ "Forbes, "Where does it go?", by Kerry A. Dolan, 31st October 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  10. ^ ""Could China's green fence prompt a global recycling innovation?" The Guardian, by Katharine Earley". 27 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  11. ^ "Waste & Recycling News, "US-based recyclers may gain from China's Green Fence", by Jessica Holbrook, 15th July 2013". Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  12. ^ "Time, "A flash of the future", by Bill Saporito, 12th December 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  13. ^ a b Xinlian, Liu (8 August 2011). "New Life for Old Plastics". Beijing Review. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  14. ^ a b (2013-08-01). ""Wirtschaftspark Kematen auf Erfolgskurs", The Standard, 1st August 2013". Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  15. ^ MBA Polymers Wins 2013 Katerva Award, announced 9 April 2014
  16. ^ Tech Pioneer Award winners
  17. ^ Tech Laureate Award winners 2006
  18. ^ G. Miller & Scott Spoolman, Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions, 2009, p572

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