Geo-Tech Polymers Opens New Recycling Plant

Company now operates two plastics recycling facilities in Ohio.

November 12, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
The plastics recycling company Geo-Tech Polymers, headquartered in Piketon, Ohio, has opened its second recycling facility in Ohio. The new Waverly, Ohio, plant will serve the plastics recycling demands of the retail packaging industry.

Geo-Tech says it has gained traction in the market with its ability to remove coatings such as screen printing and labels from plastic substrate materials using Federal Drug Administration- (FDA-) approved detergents. The process can transform decorated plastic scrap into recycled resin that are comparable with prime material specifications, the company says. 

"Geo-Tech solutions appeal to companies that want to generate significant savings by employing green solutions that are smart and effective," says Doug Gels, Geo-Tech general manager. "With 100,000 square feet of space, we're able to better support the retail packaging market in their efforts to recycle decorated plastics scrap into high-quality product at considerable savings."

To support its efforts, the company recently put together a case study that showed examples of companies in several industries yielding savings of more than $1 million in the first year alone through recycling of plastic scrap.

To build the facility, the company received a $460,000 loan from the Pike County (Ohio) Commissioners to help with the costs of purchasing and installing equipment at the Waverly plant, which will create 50 new full-time jobs.

"When you can show those sorts of numbers, owners and financial managers understand that they've been missing a critical business opportunity," Gels says. "We're here to fill in the gap."

Geo-Tech, through its two Ohio plants, processes 20 million to 30 million pounds of recycled plastics per year. The company, a division of the waste management firm Wastren Advantage Inc., provides focused solutions for managing the entire life cycle of hazardous and radioactive materials.