Indiana plastics recycler seeks environmental permit

Plastics Recycling Inc. applies for a permit for a facility in Indianapolis.

January 4, 2019

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has announced that Indianapolis-based Plastics Recycling Inc. has submitted an application for a new source construction and a federally enforceable state operating permit (FESOP) in Indianapolis. If approved by IDEM’s Office of Air Quality (OAQ), the proposed permit would allow the company to construct and operate a stationary plastics recycling plant in the state.

On its website, Plastics Recycling Inc. describe itself as a recycler of polystyrene and other materials that acts as a source for virgin material alternatives for manufacturers. The company says it can “shred, grind, and refine parts, purges, dunnage and other items through [its] recycling systems.”

The IDEM says the firm’s application seeks permission to construct and operate new equipment that will emit air pollutants. The potential to emit regulated pollutants will be limited to less than the Title V and/or prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) emission threshold levels, respectively, according to the agency.

IDEM has reviewed the application and has developed preliminary findings, consisting of a draft permit and several supporting documents that would allow the applicant to make its change. That information can be viewed on this web page.