New Hampshire plastic scrap plant nears completion

Poly Recovery says wash plant represents third phase of construction in Portsmouth, N.H.

January 20, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

Poly Recovery, Portsmouth, N.H., says it is entering the third phase of its plastic scrap recycling facility expansion that was announced in June 2013.

Poly Recovery calls the installation of a wash plant phase three of its 24,000-square-foot expansion, which, when finished, will include a plastic scrap separation, wash and drying facility.

The wash plant being installed will give Poly Recovery the “ability to process dirty and mixed plastics into a pristine recycled resin for local end-user manufacturing,” the company says in a January 2014 news release.

“Not only will the wash lines open doors to more types of plastic waste streams we can divert from landfills, it will create more sustainable jobs in New England, reduce the carbon footprint of truck traffic leaving the region as well as provide local American manufacturers with the cleanest and most cost-effective recycled resin possible,” says Poly Recovery General Manager Mike Mooney.

“America is the largest producer of recyclable waste in the world,” says Poly Recovery founder and CEO John Pelech. “Because I see so much plastic end up in landfills or sold across the globe every day, I want to ensure our community has the resources and ingenuity to process our waste here at home. Every piece of plastic has value, and through our process at Poly Recovery we plan on providing our local manufacturers with low-cost and reclaimed plastic alternatives through our sustainable recycling model.”

Pelech says Poly Recovery’s new equipment investment will amount to slightly more than $1.5 million. The plant is expected to process 15,000 tons or more of plastic scrap annually.

“We’ve studied the market very closely and determined that New England is desperately in need of this type of service,” says Pelech. “After discussions with manufacturers, communities and associations throughout the region we anticipate seeing about 10 to 15 truckloads of material coming through our facility weekly. To say the least, we are very excited to do our part to support local industries, communities and mostly the environment,” he adds.