Dennis Champion has built a business based on destruction, and now, due to the large growth in the use of PET, he wants to add value to what he destroys. Champion is vice president of One Source Recycling Inc., a Lancaster, Calif., firm that he calls ``the destruction unit'' for unsold, or outdated soft drinks and their containers.
``There has been massive growth in the use of PET in this country in the three years that we have been in business, and now we are looking to add value to our business by starting to grind, and possibly extrude, the containers we take in,'' he said in a telephone interview from his Lancaster office.
One Source takes in soft drinks from their manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, and in a specially designed system, drains the liquid from the containers, crushes and bales the bottles for sale to other plastics recyclers.
He said most consumers do not realize that soft drinks, water and other beverages are returned to manufacturers if they go unsold, or are defective in any way.
Operating out of his 12,000-square-foot plant, which he set up in a joint venture with St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Corp., Champion started by crushing glass for the beer maker, and expanded the operation in three years to take plastic and paper materials as well.
``Plastic accounts for a large portion of what we do now, and we have been seeing much more PET,'' he said. ``Not only in the form of soda bottles, but also in water and food product bottles, and the green PET strapping that is used to bind the shipped bottles.''
Champion estimated that he handles 20,000-40,000 pounds per month of plastic bottles and strapping, which he would like to recycle.
He said he is interested in adding grinding, cleaning, and possibly extrusion to the ser-vices he can offer, and might be willing to from a joint venture with a company which could help set up the systems.