Strict plastics recycling laws in Europe and the steady supply of scrap feedstock it's created has moved a Florida recycler to develop an international presence. Consource Plastic Recycling Corp. of Tampa has formed a separate company, Consource Inter-national Inc., to handle mixed plastic waste from Germany, and another company to process it into end products.
Also, the firm plans to establish a plastic lumber manufacturing facility in Tampa this summer.
Patrick Tifer, Consource Inter-national president, said he has signed a contract with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Kunstofferecy-cling, the quasi-governmental agency that collects plastic packaging waste under the restrictive German packaging recycling law, to accept 6.6 million pounds of mixed packaging waste this year.
``We are excited about this opportunity to expand our recycling efforts on a global basis,'' Tifer said. ``We expect to have the first shipments of plastic from Germany by the end of May.''
Tifer said besides sorting, cleaning, grinding and extruding pellets from DKR at Consource Plastic Recycling Corp.'s Tampa plant, the firm purchased an adjacent building and will set up a plastic lumber company.
``The company will be called Full Cycle Inc.,'' Tifer said. ``Full Cycle will make dimensional lumber, fence posts, seating and pavement additives, among other end products.''
Consource recycled about 10 million pounds of waste plastic in 1995. With the influx of the Ger-man scrap, President Vincent Tifer estimated the figure would be 20 million pounds this year.
``This is possible for us because we are one of the few recyclers that can sort, clean and process all seven coded types of plastics. Plus the new plastic lumber will use the products that Consource Plastics Recycling produces,'' Patrick Tifer said.
He said the Full Cycle plant should be operational this summer, with two extrusion lines.