Utility plastics relocates to MRF NEW YORK-Utility Plastics Inc., a Brooklyn recycler and injection molder, is moving its operations to a materials-recovery facility it co-owns.
James Belden, marketing director for Utility, said the firm's cleaning, grinding and injection molding operations will move from its current 24,000-square-foot location in Brooklyn to the 325,000-square-foot plant, also in Brooklyn, operated by Utility and its sister companies, Waste Management of New York and Commercial Recycling Technologies Inc.
``The MRF handles 40 percent to 50 percent of the total commingled curbside collections of the city of New York,'' Belden said. ``It includes metal, plastic and glass.''
Utility sorts, cleans and grinds high density polyethylene and PET from the curbside collections, and injection molds some recycled plastic products, including A-frame traffic barricades used by the city.
``We just landed a large contract with Consolidated Edison for some of the barricades,'' Belden said. ``It will allow us to expand in the new location.''
He said the company plans to expand its product line of recycled items, and recently purchased molds and a press from Poly-Anna Plastic Products Inc. of Milwaukee to produce a plastic recycling bin made from post-consumer HDPE.
Belden anticipated that Utility will be in full production at the new site by Feb. 1.
The Philippines hets first PS plant
SANTA MARIA, PHILIPPINES - Philippine Polystyrene Recycling Corp. is building a $400,000 recycling plant in Santa Maria, north of Manila.
The plant will be the first in the Philippines to recycle post-consumer PS packaging, including fast-food containers, soft drink cups and protective foam packaging for appliances.
PPRC would collect used PS packaging from metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and reprocess the waste into semiclean lumps for export.
The material will be mechanically separated, granulated, washed, dried and densified. The end products will be used to make products including videocassette cases, office products and toys.
The plant is expected to begin commercial operation early this year, said President Albert S. Tanlimco.
Meanwhile, manufacturers of expanded PS packaging on Dec. 2 formed Asian Manufacturers of Expandable Polystyrene at a meeting in Manila. The association was formed to promote EPS recycling in the region.
B. Schoenberg and Co. opens doors
YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Brad Schoenberg, a former executive with White Plains, N.Y.-based H. Heller and Co., has started a new recycling firm in upstate New York.
B. Schoenberg and Co. Inc., based in Yorktown, has brokered $1.5 million worth of post-industrial scrap polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and PVC since starting in business in November, according to Schoenberg, president and chief executive officer.
``By early next year we are looking at having a joint venture with a company in New Jersey to manufacture value-added recycled polystyrene and polypropylene flake and pellets for the furniture and garden equipment markets,'' Schoenberg said. He declined to name the joint venture partner.
All the materials handled now are either presorted or contract sorted, and the firm ships 40-60 truckloads per week to end users, he said.
Nwe recycler handles 3 million pounds
LINCOLNWOOD, ILL. - Reprocessed Plastic Exchange, a nonprofit plastics recycling facility in Lincolnwood, processed 3 million pounds of plastic in 1994, its first year of operation.
The subsidiary of the Private Industry Council of Northern Cook County offers economically disadvantaged residents as much as two years' employment and vocational training. It occupies a 36,000-square-foot facility.