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Contact: Lynn Rubinstein, lynn@nerc.org, 802-254-3636
Date: January 17, 2020

North American Recycled Plastic Processing Capacity Increases – New Report Published

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) announces the publication of new summary of announced plastic processing capacity increases, as a companion to its Summary of Announced Increased Capacity to Use Recycled Paper. The document lists increases in North American capacity to process recyclable plastics into products such as plastic lumber, pellets or resins for end-markets.  These increases were announced or completed in 2017 or later.   

This list was developed from several resources, including More Recycling, The Recycling Partnership, Plastic Recycling Update, Recycling Today, Resource Recycling, Waste Dive, Waste 360, company press releases, local newspaper articles, as well as the Indiana Recycling Coalition, and Georgia Recycling Coalition. This is the first document of its type.  As new information is available, the report will be updated.

The report identifies 15 new and 10 expanding facilities that will process plastic.  The majority of the new or expanded capacity is planned for the west coast (6 in California, 1 in Nevada, 1 in British Columbia), and the south (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina (4), and Texas).  Three facilities have been announced for the Northeast (2 in Pennsylvania, and 1 in New Jersey), with four in the mid-west (1 in Indiana and 2 in Ohio). The facilities will use a variety of plastics, with LDPE (nine facilities) having the most reported new capacity.  It is important to note that these are announced capacity investments, but not a guarantee that these facilities will open or expand as projected.   

The compilation was produced by the NERC-NEWMOA Regional Recycling Markets Committee.  The Committee’s goal is to identify and implement strategies to promote and enhance recycling markets in the region.  This list will be updated as new capacity is announced or new information received.  If you have information about capacity expansions not listed here or corrections to the information on this list, please contact Chaz Miller, Chair, NERC-NEWMOA Regional Recycling Markets Committee, chazmiller9@gmail.com, 301-346-6507, or Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC.

A summary of the report appears in the following table.

Company Name

Location

Feedstock

Product

Projected Volume

 (TPY)

Avangard – new

Texas

LDPE film - commercial generators

pellets

50,000

Avangard – new

Mexico

LDPE film - commercial generators

pellets

50,000

Avangard – new

Nevada

LDPE film - commercial generators

pellets

50,000

Azak – new

Ohio

HDPE & LDPE

plastic lumber

50,000

CarbonLite – new

Pennsylvania

PET

food grade PET bottle

50,000

Ecomelida – new

South Carolina

plastic film, food & beverage cartons, aseptic packages

pellets & paper pulp for export to China

X

EFS-Plastics – expansion

Pennsylvania

plastic film

pellets

40% new capacity

EFS-Plastics - expansion

Ontario

mixed rigids and film

pellets

50% new capacity

FDS Manufacturing - expansion

California

PP & PE

pellets

2,000

GDB International - expansion

New Jersey

LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE

pellets

X

Green Tech Solutions – new

South Carolina

post-industrial PET, HDPE & PP, & ABS

pellets for export

50,000

Indorama/Loop Partnership – new

South Carolina

PE bottles

RPET

22,500

MCM Plastic – expansion

Louisiana

post-industrial PVC residue

Resin

X

Merlin Plastics – expansion

British Columbia

LDPE, PP, PS

resin & pellets

15,000

Netafim – expansion

California

HDPE irrigation tubing

HDPE irrigation tubing

X

Peninsula Plastics (Merlin Plastics subsidiary) – expansion

California

1-7 bales

PET food grade pellets, non-food-grade PE & PP flakes

20,000

Polywood – new

North Carolina

post-consumer HDPE & mixed plastic bales

plastic furniture & lumber

15,000 – 20,000

PreZero Polymers/ACI Plastics – new

California

LDPE, LLDPE film from store drop-off & post-commercial

Pellets

12,500

PreZero Polymers/ACI Plastics - expansion

South Carolina

bales of 2-7 & 3-7 MRF processed plastic

pellets of PE and PP

25,000

PureCycle Technologies – new

Ohio

PP

pellets

59,500

Roplast Industries - expansion

California

LDPE

film for grocery bags

2,500

Roy Tech Environ – new

Alabama

engineering plastics

pellets for export

22,050

rPlanet Earth - new

California

PET

RPET bottle preforms, sheet & thermoform packaging

45,000

Sirmax – new

Indiana

polypropylene & polyethylene scrap

thermoplastic compounds

X

UPT - new

Georgia

LDPE, HDPE, PC & agricultural plastic – post-industrial & post-consumer

pellets

24,000