With demand for rPET surging, Evergeen will be doubling the manufacturing capacity of rPET pellets at its recycling and manufacturing facility in Clyde, Ohio, USA. When the expansion is complete, capacity will expand from 40 million pounds of rPET annually to 80 million pounds, making Evergreen among the largest producers of rPET resin in the US-Midwest.
The plans include constructing a new, 54,000-square-foot building adjacent to the current 238,000-square foot facility. The addition will house a new high-volume, food-grade rPET manufacturing line. Once installed and running, Evergreen will have three rPET manufacturing lines to produce the in-demand recycled material that food and beverage, health and beauty, and other consumer products companies are clamoring to include in their plastic packaging.
Evergreen’s two existing lines will be retrofitted with solid-state polycondensation (SSP) reactors to be consistent with the new line in delivering the higher quality rPET specifications required by leading consumer products brands.
Greenbridge CEO Omar Abuaita said “The market is speaking very loudly that it wants ‘green’ packaging. rPET is one of our core businesses along with recycling services. Doubling our manufacturing capacity of food-grade rPET will allow us to drive significant growth with consumer products customers that are committed to increasing recycled content in their packaging”.
Currently, Evergreen collects more than one billion post-consumer PET bottles each year. The company will continue to partner with municipalities and other aggregators to collect post-consumer PET bottles as well as other recyclables.
Construction on Evergreen’s expansion is anticipated to begin in May 2021 with completion in mid 2022.