DANBURY, CONN. - Union Carbide Corp., based in Danbury, is completing an agreement with Prins Recycling Corp. of Fort Lee, N.J., that would make Prins the exclusive granulator of all high density polyethylene sourced in New England by Union Carbide. Prins released a statement saying it has struck a three-year deal that is renewable after two years. It also noted that ``the companies will work together to explore programs that could lead to additional volumes of HDPE recyclables being collected within the U.S., and to work with communities and industry to promote its collection and use.''
Prins officials declined to elaborate on the pending agreement.
Dan Rutherford, business manager for Union Carbide, also said he could not comment further on the specifics of the deal, or on what effect it might have on Union Carbide's existing plastics recycling operation in Piscataway, N.J. The company reproc-esses about 20 million to 25 million pounds of HDPE at the Piscataway site.
``We are still talking with Prins, and to say anything beyond what has been released would be inappropriate,'' Rutherford said in a telephone interview.
He said more details about the agreement will be available soon.
The news release by Prins said the agreement calls for it to provide a minimum amount of regrind to Carbide per month, and that Prins already sorts and bales enough material to satisfy the requirement.
It indicated Carbide has agreed to accept four times the minimum amount from Prins. The exact amount called for under the agreement was not disclosed.
The Piscataway facility sorts, grinds and cleans HDPE and uses an automatic bottle-sorting system. The plant has capacity of 50 million pounds per year.
Prins also operates facilities in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.