Fernandina Beach, Fla. — On the heels of opening the company's first PET recycling facility in Pennsylvania, Circularix LLC expects a second site to begin operations in just a matter of months.
Three more will be coming in rapid succession after that.
Circularix Chief Operating Officer Alex Delnik is now revealing the second site is in Ocala, Fla., where the company already has a building, ordered recycling equipment and is awaiting delivery.
"Our second plant is going to be in Florida, actually not far from here," Delnik said at the recent Packaging Conference in Fernandina Beach, near Jacksonville. "And it's expected to start production probably late summer. It's going to be followed by plants with a frequency of about five to six months. So we expect our roll-out to be completed by the end of 2024, maybe early 2025, that we'll have the full capacity."
Circularix plans to build an initial network of five recycled PET flake-to-pellet reprocessing facilities around the country. Delnik said other locations will be in the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast and Texas. Full capacity for the five plants will amount to the production of 275 million pounds of food-grade recycled PET pellets annually.
"That is our initial plan. It may be more, but for now we're content to develop these plants and operate them efficiently because that's what we know how to do. Operating efficiency is the key word in any commodity-based business," he said.