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Verdeco Recycling, Inc. is a US-based company (with facilities in California and Indiana) committed to producing high-quality recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) material for use in food packaging and other high-value applications.
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pounds of plastic, keeping it out of the environment.
Ever since the first PET bottle was produced almost 50 years ago, PET consumption has been steadily growing and billions and billions of plastic containers are produced and used by customers annually. Proper disposition of post-consumer PET bottles is a big and growing concern. Simply throwing used containers into landfills or exporting them overseas is not a viable option and would be a tremendous waste of natural resources. Unfortuntaely, lack of proper recycling infrastructure in many parts of the world contributes to significant amounts of plastics polluting oceans and other waterways.
We strongly believe that responsible plastics recycling is an integral part of sustainable development and is an area where the U.S. should lead the world. We encourage use of recycled materials as a responsible way of saving natural resources and protecting our planet for future generations.
In the summer of 2012, Verdeco Recycling opened a brand new facility in South Gate, CA that has capacity to produce up to 50 million pounds annually of FDA-approved, food-grade recycled PET. Verdeco’s Indiana facility came online in 2016 bringing company’s total production capacity to over 110 million pounds (or 50,000 tons) annually.
What is rPET?
Recycled PET (rPET) can be used in a wide variety of cost-effective applications.
PET is PolyEthylene Terephthalate. It’s a plastic commonly type of polyester. Two monomers—modified ethylene glycol and purified terephthalic acid—are combined to form the polymer called polyethylene terephthalate. PET was discovered and patented in England in 1941.
PET is the plastic labeled with the #1 code. Many beverages, food items and other consumer products are delivered in bottles or packages made from PET. The #1 code is usually found on or near the bottom of the container.
PET makes good packages for food and non-food items. Manufacturers like it because it’s safe, strong, transparent and versatile. Customers choose it for its safety, light weight, “resealability”, shatter-resistance and recyclability. Up to 100% of a PET package can be made from recycled PET, and the material can be recycled again and again.
Recycled PET (rPET) is a viable alternative to virgin PET and can be used in multiple applications. Over the last several years, rPET produced by Verdeco Recycling and by other manufacturers can be found in beverage bottles and food packages on the shelves of stores and supermarkets all across America.
Our PET recycling technology is a continuous multi-step process:
Crystalizing & Drying
Incoming feedstock (hot-washed PET flakes) are crystalized in a UnaDyn gas-fired crystalling system. and then dried in a gas-fired hopper dryer.
In a dual zone vacuum environment, PET flakes are extruded in a in a MAS twin-screw conical extruder.
Melt Filtration & Pelletizing
Extruded PET is melt filtration processed by a BKG Nordson with a screen pack and then pelletized using BKG Nordson CrustallCut technology.
Pellets are post-treated inside an SSP unit by Viscotec (Starlinger).
The RPET pellet final product is a high quality material suitable in beverage container manufacturing and other applications with up to 100% recycled content.
And Verdeco is an integral part of the Bottle-to-Bottle PET recycling infrastructure.
Sustainable use of plastics for beverage containers and food packaging requires development of effective “bottle-to-bottle” infrastructure that allows to significantly reduce consumption of hydrocarbon-based virgin resin and to simultaneously limit amounts of post-consumer plastics used for downcycled applications, going to landfills, or polluting our waterways, including oceans.