Oregon's first PET recycling plant opens
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Oregon's first PET recycling facility will celebrate its grand opening on Friday.
Oregon finally has a PET recycling facility which will celebrate its grand opening on Friday.
The facility will transform ubiquitous plastic beverage bottles made using polyethylene terephthalate — or PET — into recycled "clean flake" which is in high demand by manufacturers.
The plant is based near St. Helens and has been anticipated since late 2009 when a coalition including Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and a team of leaders from the plastics recycling industry led by Dennis Denton of Portland-based Denton Plastics Inc. and Tom Leaptrott, owner of Quantum Leap LLC of Vancouver, Wash., first announced plans for the facility. The plastics recycling group is now known as Pacific PET LLC.
The state-of-the-art facility will convert plastic bottles collected by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and market the results to Northwest companies, aiming to reduce the carbon impact of and and add a new local option for the regional plastics supply chain.
The operation is part of a cluster of recycling and renewable energy-related businesses at the Port of St. Helens. The port is also in the running for a coal export terminal.
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