Shelbyville Recycled Fiber Co., which recycles plastics and paper, will close Feb. 1, said Gay Ervin, solid waste coordinator for Bedford County in Tennessee.
Diane Forbes, general manager of the company, would not confirm the closing but said that six of 11 employees have been laid off. Forbes said plastics recycling has been 5 percent of the company's business and that the company recycles industrial plastics scrap, as well as PET and high density polyethylene collected by the county. It is a division of Norcross, Ga.-based Rock-Tenn Co.
Ervin said the county just this summer began recycling plastic that previously had been landfilled. She said that because of depressed market pricing, the county has not found a recycler willing to store or bale the plastics. The county has no baling facility.
``I have no idea what we're going to do with the plastics,'' Ervin said. ``We've got to figure out something fairly fast. We may have to go back to landfilling it for awhile, but I hope not.''