Nationwide converts plant to 100% PET
POLKTON, N.C. — Nationwide Recyclers Inc., a subsidiary of Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc., is converting one of its high density polyethylene recycling lines to PET.
The company's Polkton plant had one HDPE line and one for PET. By the end of October, the facility will recycle strictly PET. Nationwide recycles only HDPE at its Ocala, Fla., plant.
``These plants support the intracompany use of recycled content,'' David Toth, Nationwide director, said in a telephone interview. ``We can supply all of Constar's resin requirements out of Florida,'' he said of Crown Cork's blow molding division.
``Polkton provided material in less-than-decent markets. And now the company's growth is in PET and we have the [Food and Drug Administration] letter of nonobjection.''
Philadelphia-based Crown Cork received the FDA's letter at the beginning of the year for use of post-consumer PET in all types of beverage and food containers.
The Polkton plant processes close to 5,000 pounds per hour. The company bought a new wash line to convert to PET.
Nationwide Recyclers reported sales of $15 million last year, placing the firm at No. 21 in Plastics News' ranking of North American plastics recyclers and brokers. Crown Cork is the largest blow molder in North America.
P&R adds operations for sorting plastics
YOUNGSVILLE, N.C — P&R Environmental Industries is growing — despite a downturn in the recycling market — by leasing two plants within a mile of its existing facility in Youngsville.
``The timing is good; we are kind of feeding off the market,'' said President Gary Pratt. ``The market has been depressed for a while and people are interested in commingled bales. The different plastics are running at about the same price, so why would anyone want to take the time to sort plastic?''
The first new plant will start up in early September with a Magnetic Separation Systems automated line for separating bales of commingled bottles by resin type.
``MSS has made only four of these lines and now we will have two of them,'' Pratt said in a telephone interview.
The 40,000-square-foot plant will employ 40-50. The line will process about 2 million pounds per month.
The second new plant will be operational in November with an MSS line running about a half-million pounds a month. The operation will sort PVC from PET flake. P&R will move its laboratory to the 35,000-square-foot building, and may store materials there.
P&R operates two lines at its existing, 53,000-square-foot plant in Youngsville. One line handles commingled bottles; the other is strictly for PET.
P&R ranked 24th in Plastics News' survey of plastics recyclers and brokers, with estimated sales of $13 million for the year ended June 30, 1997.
Filipino group works to cut plastic waste
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — A group of Filipino activists has launched ``Oplan: Less Plastic,'' a campaign aimed at reducing waste.
The group, called Save the River Movement, is working with communities along the Pasig River, which runs through Manila. Executive Director Lulu Zuniga said the group has expanded its campaign by urging fast-food chains in the city to reduce the use of plastic cups, plates and utensils.
But fast-food franchise managers stressed that the decision to use plastic lies with top management or foreign owners of popular chain restaurants.
Kentucky consideration bottle-deposit system
FRANKFORT, KY. — A coalition of Kentucky legislators, food and beverage industry representatives and solid waste officials embarked Sept. 2 on a year-long study of the state's need for a container-deposit system.
The 23-member task force is the result of a bottle-deposit bill Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg, House majority floor leader, introduced in January.
In its original form, Stumbo's bill would have mirrored California's bottle-deposit law, setting a deposit price of 5-10 cents on each plastic, metal or glass beverage container. But committee lawmakers deleted the bills' original provisions in March, in what Stumbo said was the most heavily lobbied bill of the session, and opted to create a task force to study the issue further.
The task force probably will look at various successful recycling programs to find an appropriate model, said Kimberly Burch, an analyst with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.