rPlanet Earth, a new company specializing in closed-loop recycling of plastic waste, has started a global large-scale vertical integrated recycling production plant project to convert PET packaging waste directly into recycled PET products comparable to raw PET materials.
Located in Vernon, Calif., with an area of 302,000 square feet (28,060 square meters), the facility collects a variety of bottles, plastic boxes and other packaging waste, then through a series of sorting and cleaning processes, and crushes the waste into thin slices. After strict washing and decontamination treatment, and according to the needs of the end use, the intrinsic viscosity of the material is improved, and finally processed into food grade plates, thermoformed containers and injection molded preforms. The new rPlanet Earth plant processes 80 million pounds of waste (36,290 metric tons) per year.
So far, the total investment of the project has reached 100 million US dollars. Robert Daviduk, co-president of rPlanet Earth, said that the plant will add a top-down one-stop production line in the next two years. "We have invested in equipment and other facilities to double our existing capacity." . Robert Daviduk said. “We plan to build three or more new workshops in other parts of the US, or we may set up workshops in other countries.”
In addition to recycling PET waste, rPlanet Earth is also committed to achieving other sustainability goals, said co-president Joseph Ross. “Our recycled PET packaging products are not only comparable in appearance, purity and physical properties to finished products made from raw PET, but also have a carbon footprint 60% lower than that of original resin packaging. They are also more recycled than other recycled PET packaging. The product is 20% lower." He added that the data was calculated by calculating the material collection, packaging, transportation and production processes in the workshop. “In addition, we recycle 90% less water per ton of production than PET resin workshops.”