Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc. is expanding its Tampa, Fla., headquarters by nearly 20 percent, to 62,000 square feet, in part to house a large, new pipe shredder it just bought from Germany's Zerma Zerkleinerungsmaschinenbau GmbH.
Zuzenhausen-based Zerma displayed the ZRS1500-model shredder on its stand at the K 2010 show, held Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 in Dusseldorf.
The ZRS1500 shredder can handle plastic pipe up to 48 inches in diameter, according to CPR President Ben Benvenuti, who was visiting the trade fair with his nephew Paul, the firm's sales manager. The machine can accept lengths of pipe up to 25 feet long, which also makes for safer handling, since there is no need for equipment like chain saws to chop the pipe into smaller pieces.
Once installed, CPR's Tampa plant will be one of the largest pipe-shredding facilities in the United States and will double the amount of PVC and polyethylene pipe that CPR processes. Benvenuti said the machine itself costs $300,000. Total investment in the project may reach $750,000. He expects the unit to be operational in Tampa by mid-December this year.
Demand for recycled plastics from pipe has been growing. Additionally, many suppliers of used pipe have been looking for ways to recycle rather than landfill the material, he said.
Our customers' appetite for ground plastic has grown over the past few years and our challenge has been to been trying to secure feedstock to meet that demand, said the elder Benvenuti. The only way to do it was to invest in equipment that will not only increase output of the material but also handle large-diameter pipe that we previously could not process. This provides a solution for both waste management and production of new materials.
The 14-year-old company also operates recycling facilities in Millwood, W.Va., and Newton, N.C., as well as a sales office in Little Falls, N.J.