Recycling firms make investments around the country

Recycling firms make investments around the country

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

As the year comes to a close, plastics recycling firms have announced plans to expand in 2013, creating new jobs and recycling opportunities across the country, with many undertaking moves to be closer to their primary suppliers and customers.

Regency Polymer Materials, a processor of vinyl and aluminum scrap, has announced plans to lease and renovate a 48,000-square-foot facility in Spotsylvania, Pennsylvania. The company, which specializes in material used in windows, siding, floors and other vinyl building products, is undertaking the move to be nearer to some of its larger customers. Regency Polymer Materials's current 66,000-square-foot facility is located in Belcamp, Maryland. The move is expected to create 25 local jobs.

Post-industrial scrap plastic processor Intergroup International is investing as much as $5 million in a 33-acre site in Butts County, Georgia. The company plans to employ approximately 50 workers by the end of 2013, some of whom will be hired immediately. As the company prepares to expand into the 147,000-square-foot facility on the site, Intergroup also cited the desire to be closer to major customers as justification for the expansion. Intergroup currently operates six other facilities in the U.S.

GreenWaste Recovery, and its sister company Zanker Road Resource Management, have announced the formation of GreenWaste Carpet Recycling. The new company has quickly developed ties with many local carpet vendors and established four carpet collection centers in Northern California, including three in San Jose and one in Sacramento. GreenWaste's collection centers accept every type of commercial and residential carpeting, carpet tiles and carpet padding. The company also provides collection trailers at retail carpet stores and carpet installers' warehouses.

Sonoco Recycling has invested $4 million in its Columbia, South Carolina facility to increase its sorting and processing capacity. Included in the upgrade is an optical sorter to separate and recover plastic materials, such as yogurt cups, margarine tubs, milk crates and other bulky Nos. 1-7 plastic packaging. Three sorting screens for corrugated cardboard and paper, and a glass crusher to process bottles and jars were also installed.

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