Clear Path starts PET recycling operations


Clear Path Recycling LLC has begun recycling PET bottles into clear flake at its first-ever recycling plant. The Fayetteville facility will be the largest PET recycling plant in North America when it is fully operational.

“We started consuming bottles and making flake in mid-July,” said Ron Salati, vice president of administration and commercial affairs for Clear Path, a joint venture of carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries Group Inc. and PET and polyester staple-fiber producer DAK Americas LLC.

Roughly 75 percent of the plant’s output will be used internally by Shaw for carpet production with the rest of the resin sold on the open market, Salati said. Charlotte, N.C.-based DAK supplies Shaw of Dalton, Ga., with recycled PET resins...
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