Northcoast Inc. Recycling of Wickliffe, Ohio, has signed a deal to buy industrial nylon scrap from Cast Nylons Inc.
Northcoast plans to sell the recycled material to Complete Plastics Corp. of Schenectady, N.Y.
In the past six weeks, the recycler has begun purchasing nylon chunks and scraps from Cast Nylons, a Willoughby, Ohio-based manufacturer of stock, shapes and custom-cast components for industrial mechanical applications.
Northcoast plans to buy as much as 100,000 pounds of the nylon chunks annually, according to Chet Green, the company's co-owner.
Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. But, Green said the deal will benefit Northcoast by providing a potentially profitable waste stream for his firm to handle.
Northcoast collects recyclable materials of all types, but pays only for those materials it can sell at a profit in the ever-changing recyclables market.
The deal also allows Cast Nylons to find a use for material that it otherwise would ship to a landfill.
``Even if we receive less than 10 cents per pound, which is probable, that is a lot better than paying to have it hauled away,'' said John Yankus, shipping and quality-control manager for Cast Nylons.
``We didn't have to hire somebody to get the material ready for Northcoast to pick up,'' he said. ``We already had a blower hooked up to a compactor that is attached to a Dumpster.''
On the other end, Complete Plastics gets a reliable supply of used nylon, which it blends with virgin material for use in industrial products.
``Using this arrangement makes things easy, because the scraps are ready for processing without putting out any extra effort,'' Yankus said.
In the past, nylon composites have taken a back seat to recycled polypropylene, because of nylon's higher recycling cost and more arduous cleaning process, according to Al Maten, automotive director for the American Plastics Council, based in Washington.
Northcoast prepares the nylon for shipment at its 13,000-square-foot facility in Wickliffe. The current setup with Complete Plastics means the materials will not remain at the plant for more than a month before being transported to Schenectady, Green said.
He and partner Barbara Adoryan formed Northcoast in 1994, after becoming convinced that a small curbside recycling business Green ran in Lake County, Ohio, could not compete with large firms like Browning-Ferris Industries Inc. and Waste Management of Ohio.
During its first year, Northcoast processed only about 30,000 pounds of waste. But Green expects that figure to exceed 5 million pounds and sales to top $1 million, in 1997.
Northcoast, with seven employees, serves about 100 commercial and industrial customers, including a hospital and an office building in downtown Cleveland.