Two recyclers shared why they have invested in technology to recover and recycle these materials during the session Investments in Domestic Plastic Processing at the 2018 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago in mid-October.
Houston-based Avangard Innovative Vice President of Commercial Business David Hudson outlined the case for investing in plastics recycling in the U.S., saying the country has a “Severe lack of postconsumer processing capacity,” despite the fact that brand owners are interested in closing the loop for their packaging materials.
While Hudson said Avangard’s move was not initiated in response to policies out of China, trade concerns with that country favor more domestic processing capacity for recycled plastics.
The company must deal with contamination in the form of paper, metals and other plastics, which has increased processing costs, he said.
3-7 plastics available in the market and eventually add technology to create recycled plastic pellets.
“Ninety-three percent of our plastics were being sold to China,” he said.
After analyzing the numbers, Bearnson said his company was “Making our margins and money in plastics,” so Revolve decided to focus on “What we were good at.”