A state-of-the-art plastic recycling facility near Watts, Oklahoma is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2010. This was announced recently by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (AERT), a leading plastic recycler firm based in Springdale, Arkansas.
The world class plastic recycling facility at Watts is also expected to be the first LEED certified recycling facility in Oklahoma, according to AERT. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System provides certification to building projects that follow a “suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.”
The recycling plant will process mostly low end, highly contaminated waste polyethylene films into bulk plastic feedstocks for AERT’s composite manufacturing plants in Arkansas. Some of the materials to be accepted in the facility are grocery bags, stretch wrap, and packaging material. Polyethylene plastic (recycling symbol no.4 – LDPE) is not ususally accepted in curbside recycling programs, the Watts facility is expected to increase the overall nationwide capacity for recycling polyethylene.
The plastic recycling center is a major boost to the state’s recycling programs and will benefit Oklahomans directly by generating jobs for residents in the area. Plastics are a major component in the US waste stream and a major pollutant of the oceans. The creation of a large-capacity recycling facility like this one is a huge factor in our collective effort to clean up the environment.
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