A new water treatment system will allow Novolex (Hartsville, S.C.) to increase the plastic bag and film recycling capacity at its Mount Vernon, Ind., facility by more than 500,000 pounds annually and improve material quality, the company says.
Novolex produces recycled pellets from polyethylene film—including produce bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, cereal bags, mailers, and dry cleaning bags—it collects from store drop-off programs. It also produces new plastic retail bags from the recycled material.
Demand for recycled film resin has increased due to demand for more postconsumer plastic content in bags, Novolex says. It credits the How2Recycle program, in which it and other brands participate, for its “Store Drop-Off” label, which has increased consumers’ awareness of how to recycle these items, resulting in “an increased variety and volume of films” in store drop-off programs.
In addition to its North Vernon facility, Novolex operates a second film recycling center in Shawano, Wis. Visit novolex.com/novolex-reduce-recycle-reuse.