Company invests $10 million to produce 48 million pounds of recycled LDPE pellets annually.
(Article first published by Recycling Today online)
Houston-based Avangard Innovative (AI) says it is investing $10 million to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will convert low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film packaging scrap into high-quality postconsumer resin (PCR) to be used in in film production.
“With our past success in the PCR PET recycle streams, we are very excited about this new venture,” says AI CEO Rick Perez. “With this new LDPE plant, we can vertically integrate and utilize one of the largest streams of material we manage today.”
Jon Stephens, executive vice president of AI, says, “We aim to be a solution with our PCR to be used in the highest end application possible and are committed to being fully engaged as change makers within the circular economy.”
Strategic partnerships and new technological advancements guarantee the highest quality PCR in the market place today, AI says. The company’s new LDPE PCR processing plant boasts an upfront processing system that includes the latest technology in extrusion, filtration and odor reduction. The plant will use MSS optical sorting technology with the film being processed using two Starlinger recoSTAR dynamic 165 C-VAC extruders.
The plant will generate approximately 30 jobs and will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
AI says phase one production is targeted to begin August 2017. The plant will be fully operational by October 2017, with a total capacity of 48 million pounds annually.