Stockton, California, will be home to the Taiwanese company’s first U.S. plant.
Boretech Group, a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling company headquartered in Taiwan that operates two processing facilities in China, says it is close to commissioning its first PET recycling facility in the United States. The company, founded in 1991, says it expects to open the plant in Stockton, California, by the end of September 2014.
In addition to operating recycling facilities, the company also manufactures equipment for the plastics recycling sector.
Boretch’s facilities in China take in PET bottles, wash and grind the containers, eventually turning the plastic scrap into PET flakes. The flakes can be used to make polyester fiber, according to Paul Ou, a spokesman for the company.
The plant will be able to process 4.5 metric tons of PET plastics per hour, according to the company.
Construction is nearly completed, and Ou says Boretech expects to receive its official permit from the city by early September, with operations beginning shortly thereafter.
Boretech will consume PET containers from collection facilities throughout California, processing them into flakes that will be marketed to consumers for use in a range of polyester products.