Missouri-based recycler St. Joseph Plastics is now offering post-consumer polypropylene pellets for some food-contact applications.
The company on March 31 received a letter of nonobjection from the Food and Drug Administration.
"We know that this is asked for by a lot of customers and that's why we did it. We want to stand out," said Ron Moore, sales and purchasing manager at St. Joseph Plastics.
The St. Joseph, Mo.-based company is recycling PP containers from curbside programs, which it sources from materials recovery facilities all over the United States.
St. Joseph has three facilities — a washing plant, a grinding plant and a compounding plant. The washing facility uses a multistep mechanical process, using water and friction, to clean the material. The yield loss on bales can be up to 40 percent by weight.
The company has approval for its customers to use the post-consumer pellets in certain food-contact applications. Examples include dry foods with no surface fat or oil, such as raw fruits, vegetables and dry pasta.
Moore said the company is working toward getting approval for additional applications.