Recycle Projects has started processing food-grade bales in their new plastic recycling facility, located in Commerce City. A year after being awarded funding from a CDPHE RREO grant, the nonprofit has made a new plastic sorting technology available to enhance local recycling markets.
Roughly 40,000 pounds per month of food-grade bales is being collected from the Boulder County Recycling Center. The diverted bales provide a local Colorado market for plastic previously unsorted and therefore significantly devalued.
Lou Perez, Boulder County Recycling Facility, and Laura Brower, Director of Recycle Projects, stand in front of the first mixed food-grade bales in the US!
Food-grade bales consist of plastic cups, clamshells, deli trays, and other rigid food and drink container plastic; all plastic types are mixed in the bale and sorted at Recycle Projects’ facility.
Recycle Projects recently attended the Plastics Recycling Conference in New Orleans, LA, to learn more about the plastic markets and, in particular, about how to obtain FDA approval for the post-consumer recycled food-grade bales.
Recycle Projects is still seeking to upgrade their facility and provide wider access for both material suppliers and manufacturers to this unique grade of material. For more information, email Laura@RecycleProjects.org or visit www.lifecycleplastics.com.
Laura Brower, Recycle Projects