Clear Path Recycling LLC (CPR; Fayetteville, NC), the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling joint-venture company established by flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Dalton, GA) and PET resin manufacturer DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, NC) has started up phase one of its new PET bottle-recycling operation. In an interview with PlasticsToday, Ron Salati, VP of administration and commercial affairs for Clear Path, said that inventory build of waste bottles to be recycled has been underway since the fourth quarter of 2009, with approximately 20 million lb of inventory being maintained.
This initial startup represents phase one of the project, with phase two set to begin in early 2011 on an as-needed basis. Speaking with PlasticsToday on August 6, Salati said operations had been underway for three weeks at the time, with the capability to convert 120,000 million lb bottles into 90 million lb of clean, PET flake. Once phase two is completed, the plant will be able to take in 160 million lb of bottles and convert it into 120,000 million lb of PET flake....