Plastics recycler PreZero US (Los Angeles) has begun operations at new facilities in Riverside, Calif., and Westminster, S.C. ACI Plastics (Flint, Mich.) served as a “strategic partner” in developing the facilities, PreZero says.
After its planned April opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PreZero began processing postconsumer low-density polyethylene and linear LDPE at its Riverside location in early June. The facility “is currently in the very final stages of hot commissioning and should soon be running at 30% capacity” with an aim to ramp up from there, a representative from PreZero says. The company is buying Grade A and Grade B film bales, mainly sourced from commercial businesses and retail drop-offs, it says. The facility plans to produce more than 20 million pounds of film pellets per year and sell mainly to plastic bag manufacturers. PreZero’s pellets comply with California’s Senate Bill 270 bag regulations, which require 40% recycled content in plastic bags sold in the state, the company says.
PreZero began processing mixed rigid plastics at its Westminster facility in early July. The company aims to produce 24 million pounds of high-density polyethylene and 36 million pounds of polypropylene pellets per year at this location, sourcing mixed rigid plastics from materials recovery facilities, it says. The facility plans to be running at 30% capacity by Sept. 1, PreZero’s representative says.
After both facilities are running at full capacity, PreZero’s plan is to expand its Riverside operation to include mixed rigids processing and its Westminster location to include film processing. By the end of 2021, PreZero expects each facility will be capable of processing 60 million pounds of mixed rigids and 24 million pounds of film annually. Visit prezero.us/prezero-polymers.