A U.S. machinery company is helping to implement an ambitious PET recycling plan for SÃo Paulo, Brazil, the third-largest city in the world. HPM Corp., based in Mount Gilead, Ohio, is furnishing a new Brazilian company with an extrusion line to process post-consumer PET from collections in SÃo Paulo.
Dennis Paradise, extrusion sales engineer for HPM, said the 41/2-inch Prodex extrusion line, together with scrap crammers and screen changers, will be in operation by early July at the first recycling plant of Ciclopol Ltda., in SÃo Paulo. It is the first of three lines that Ciclopol eventually will operate.
``The company plans eventually to ring the city with small to medium-sized recycling plants,'' Paradise said. ``There is virtually no recycling in SÃo Paulo now of post-consumer plastic.''
The $250,000 HPM machine will process about 1,200 pounds of PET per hour, according to Paradise.
``The principles of Ciclopol started in the petrochemical and construction industries,'' said Marco Gianesi, president of BY Engineharia Encommercial Ltda., a SÃo Paulo-based machinery sales agency and consultancy, who brought the two companies together.
``They decided that this would be a very good business, since there is hardly anyone in the city doing it. There is plenty of material, because there are 20 million people in the area,'' he said.
Gianesi said Ciclopol may establish as many as six plants around the city within the next few years.
``We are working on quotes to get financing to present to the mayors of the small cities around SÃo Paulo,'' he said.
Gianesi said Ciclopol will sell most of the PET it processes at the pilot plant to the Brazilian textile, fiber, and filament industry, which is increasing its use of recycled material.
Paradise said the sale of the line to Ciclopol was the first of several the company plans in Latin America specifically for the recycling arena.
``Last summer, we decided to try to move to Brazil,'' he said. ``It is the largest market in Latin America, and there seemed to be a lot of activity in the recycling field in general.''