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PWP to open second in-house PET recycling center

PWP Industries has announced plans to open a second recycling facility that will require an initial investment of approximately $20 million, according to PWP Industries chairman and CEO Leon Farahnik. The new facility will be located in the state of California and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2010.

Last month, PWP opened an 80,000-sq-ft in-house post-consumer recycling center in Davisville, WV (see related story, “PET recycling facility opens with 40MM-pound annual capacity”). The facility is one of the first in North America operated by a thermoforming company. For the second planned center, PWP will again work with Coca-Cola Recycling LLC of Atlanta to convert post-consumer PET bottles into U.S. Food and Drug Administration-compliant resin for food-grade suitable material.

Upon opening in 2010, the California facility is projected to have an annual capacity to recycle 40 million pounds of PET bottles. A second phase, projected to be operational during the second quarter of 2011, will increase annual capacity to 80 million pounds of PET bottles.

"With the successful start-up of the West Virginia facility, we believe the time is right to build the largest post-consumer recycling facility in PWP's founding state of California. This will enable us to further our commitment to save energy, reduce the output of carbon dioxide, and
keep plastic out of landfills," says Farahnik.

Based on the annual capacity to recycle 80 million pounds of post-consumer recycled PET bottles, Farahnik estimates that PWP's new recycling center will result in:
1. The elimination of 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalent of what 10,000 passenger cars produce in a year (based on figures from the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator).
2. A reduction of 296,000 cubic yards of landfill space or 56 football fields one yard high.
3. A reduction of 780 million kilowatt hours which is enough energy to power 50,000 homes or Flagstaff, AZ, for one year (based on figures from the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator).

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