MEBANE, N.C. - Success with a vinyl recycling project in conjunction with the Vinyl Institute and the American Plastics Council has led Polymer Reclaim & Exchange Inc. to open a second vinyl siding recycling center. Chuck Cooper, general manager of the Mebane-based granulator, said the new 30,000-square-foot facility in East Point, Ga., near Atlanta, is ready to accept scrap. The facility's three granulation lines will be able to produce about 50,000 pounds per year of vinyl flake initially, and eventually will have much greater capacity, Cooper said in a telephone interview.
In 1992, PRE, with the help of the Washington-based Vinyl Institute, and a grant from APC, also of Washington, set up a recycling network and grinding facility in Mebane to handle vinyl scrap from the construction industry.
``This expansion is on our own,'' Cooper said. ``The Me-bane facility has done so well that we have been able to go ahead with the Atlanta project.''
He said the 100,000-square-foot Mebane center ground, washed and pelletized about 180,000 pounds of material during the last year. The project has diverted about 800,000 pounds of scrap from landfills since it began.
Crucial to the setup of the East Point facility has been the cooperation of local contractors, vinyl siding installers and remodelers in forming a network to collect scrap. The company set up a similar system within a 250-mile radius of the Mebane facility, and has been arranging with contractors to place containers for the scrap at sites in Georgia and elsewhere in the Southeast.
The company sells its ground and cleaned scrap to extruders for use in manufacturing more vinyl construction products.
Cooper said PRE is contemplating opening a third facility within the next six months and is assessing sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He said the firm also may add a third shift at the two operating facilities, as well as more trucks, trailers and processing equipment.