Plastics Recycling Update

State awards grants to boost plastics recycling

Multicolored PET bottle flakes for recycling.

North Carolina will invest nearly half a million dollars in grants to 16 recyclables processors. | Nordroden/Shutterstock

North Carolina will help pay for projects to improve PP sorting, recover mixed-color bottle flakes, shred old curbside carts, collect laboratory plastics and more.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) announced nearly half a million dollars in Recycling Business Development Grants to 16 recyclables processors. Businesses must match the awarded funds with their own money. All told, the grants will help stimulate $1.3 million in investments in recycling equipment.

For plastics, the grants went to the following companies and projects:

Two other projects will assist in recycling mixed recyclables, including plastics. North Davidson Garbage Service received $25,000 for a wheel loader to manage incoming mixed recycling loads more safely and effectively, and Sonoco Recycling in Raleigh received $50,000 for an optical sorter to separate fiber and non-fiber recyclables.

Last year, NC DEQ provided nearly $666,000 to 20 companies. American Recycling and Clear Path Recycling received grants in both 2020 and 2021.

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