KW Plastics Recycling Division has installed a new line to reprocess high density polyethylene, giving it enough capacity to make it one of the largest HDPE recyclers in North America. The 150 million-pound-per-year line will boost Troy, Ala.-based KW's capacity for post-consumer HDPE to about 225 million pounds per year, including both blow molded bottle-grade and injection molded material, according to Arthur Ferguson, general manager of the recycler.
``We had originally intended for this line to be started in July of last year,'' Ferguson said in a telephone interview.
``But the market has been very volatile and we have had some delays.''
Start-up of the new line will enable KW to convert one older line at its Troy facility from handling HDPE to handling post-consumer and post-industrial low and linear low density film. Ferguson said the line was intended to handle LDPE, but was converted last year to HDPE production because of demand for the material.
``I would expect that we could have the low density operation running by early or mid-April,'' he said. ``We can also provide tolling services for HDPE.''
KW already was a leader in the polypropylene recycling market as one of the largest recyclers of auto batteries in North America. Since beginning HDPE post-consumer production in earnest last year, it has become a major player in the chaotic expansion of the recycled HDPE market.
KW Plastics Inc., parent company of the Plastics Recycling Division, recycles PP at Troy and at a plant in Bakersfield, Calif., and recycles battery-related metals at Troy.