Direct Pack Inc., an Azusa, Calif.-based packaging thermoformer, has acquired Atmosphera Verde SA de CV, a PET recycler in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The deal will help Direct Pack close the loop and use recycled PET thermoformed containers to make new containers, according to President Craig Snedden.
"We want them back. That's the point. Now we're taking in PET thermoforms," Snedden said in a Feb. 19 telephone interview.
The recycling business is being renamed Direct Pack Recycling. According to DPI, Atmosphera Verde has the capacity to recycle 40 million pounds of PET annually, including post-consumer thermoformed PET. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Thermoformed PET sheet can be tough to recycle because of the difficult-to-separate labels on many containers. Snedden said Atmosphera Verde had a special process that can handle bales of PET with high percentages of thermoformed packaging. Snedden credited Juan Galvan, who started Atmosphera Verde and has now joined Direct Pack Recycling.
"It is all about the strong members of the team that make up DPI," Snedden said. "We've known Juan for a number of years, and we've been impressed with his capabilities as an efficient recycler."