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Construction begins on $260 million Indiana plastic rubbish conversion plant

HOUSTON, May 22, 2019 (PCW) – A ground breaking was held today for a plant that will convert plastic waste, such as toys, film, Styrofoam and packaging, into diesel, blendstocks and wax, said Jamie Nolan, spokeswoman for the company building the plant, Brightmark Energy.

Startup is expected in mid-to-late 2021.

The plant is being built in Ashley in northeastern Indiana near the Ohio state line. It is expected to convert 100,000 tons/year of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic rubbish from Indiana and the Chicago area into 18 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blendstocks, and about 6 million gallons of commercial-grade wax.

BP has contracted to purchase the diesel and blendstocks for regional distribution; AM Wax, based in La Mirada, CA, has contracted for the wax, Nolan said.

The $260 million plant financing includes $185 million in Indiana green bonds, according to Brightmark.

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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PET imports, worth $92.7 mil, down 14% in March; Malaysia top export spot

HOUSTON, May 14, 2019 (PCW) – US PET resin imports in March totaled 75,447 metric tons, down by 14% from March 2018, the latest US Commerce Department data show. The imports’ value was $92.7 million in March 2019 and $112.2 million a year earlier.

Mexico was the top source of imports in March at 16,674 mt, although this was down by 51% from March 2018. Imports were sharply higher from Vietnam at 7,299 mt in March 2019 compared to 113 mt a year earlier. Taiwan chemical giant Far Eastern operates a 400,000 mt/year PET plant in Vietnam.

Imports in March 2019 from Egypt were 3,278 mt and from South Africa they totaled 7,603 mt, compared to zero from each country a year earlier.

US PET exports, meanwhile, totaled 5,329 mt in March, down 6% from a year earlier. Malaysia was the top export destination in March 2019 at 1,538 mt compared to zero in March 2018. 

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- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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PET recycling plant now planned for Greater Reading, PA

HOUSTON, May 14, 2019 (PCW) – A new PET recycling plant with capacity of about 2 billion bottles/year will be built in Greater Reading, PA, with a startup expected in 1Q 2020, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance announced on Monday.

The plant will be built in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, by US PET recycler CarbonLITE Industries at a cost of about $80 million. It will measure 270,000 square feet and employ about 100 people.

It was originally planned for Lehigh Valley, PA.

CarbonLITE’s recycling plants are in Riverside, CA, and Dallas, TX. 

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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Maine bans single-use PS, including ‘party cups’; industry groups object

HOUSTON, May 8, 2019 (PCW) – The state of Maine has banned single-use polystyrene food containers, like takeout clamshells, “red party cups” and egg cartons, effective January 2021, according to the state’s web site.

The ban’s original date was Jan 1, 2020, but it was amended to give the food service industry more time to adjust, the bill’s sponsor, Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr, told PCW on Wednesday.

In a press release on Apr 30 announcing the ban,” Governor Janet Mills said, “Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products. So while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not.”

Lynn Dyer, executive director of the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC), said her group opposes the decision.

“Don’t tell me you can’t recycle foam,” she said on Wednesday, referencing a map which shows dozens of PS recycling locations in the US and Canada.

The FRC was formed in 2014 and is part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

Maine’s decision to ban foam foodservice packaging is a lose-lose-lose situation,” Dyer said. “Restaurants and other foodservice establishments lose out because of limited packaging options, growing end markets for recycled foam lose out because their supply is cut off and residents lose out because the state’s litter and marine debris challenges will not have been solved.

Fourteen towns and cities in Maine have already banned single-use PS, according to the state’s release. Several large US cities have also banned this material, including San Francisco and New York.

The American Chemistry Council released a statement after the ban was announced. It reads in part, “Polystyrene foam packaging is a safe, recyclable, durable, and cost-effective product for use in foodservice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for decades has determined that polystyrene is safe for use in contact with food. A ban on polystyrene foodservice packaging could lead to increased solid waste, energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions…It is our sincere hope that Governor Mills and the Maine Legislature will reconsider this legislation next year after they see how it will negatively impact the environment and local businesses and consumers.”

Gov. Mills’ spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.  

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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US a net importer of PET scrap in February; sources include Ethiopia

HOUSTON, May 6, 2019 (PCW) – The US was a net importer of PET scrap in February at 10,060 metric tons, 43% higher than exports of the same, the latest US Commerce Department show.

PET scrap imports in Feb came from 33 countries; Mexico was the top source followed by Canada and Taiwan.

PET is one of five plastic scrap categories tracked for imports/exports by the US government. It does not break down imports/exports by scrap type; for instance, curbside bales, post-industrial lump-n-chunk, strapping chops are among various PET scrap types.

PET scrap exports in Feb totaled 5,717 mt, down 41% from Feb 2018; exports to Turkey plunged from 2,004 mt in Feb 2018 to 174 mt in Feb 2019. 

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- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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PET recycling plant for 2 billion bottles/year planned for PA

HOUSTON, May 2, 2019 (PCW) – CarbonLITE will build a new plant in Pennsylvania with capacity to recycle 2 billion plastic bottles a year, the company said.

Location would be announced in one or two weeks, said company spokesman Jason Farahnik.

The plant site has been uncertain since last November when Nestle Waters announced that CarbonLITE – a supplier of recycled rPET to Nestle – would build the plant in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, where Nestle has two bottling plants.

Negotiations on the original site did not pan out, Farahnik said.

“We have been in discussions with CarbonLITE,” about different sites where the plant might be built, said Michael Gerber, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Matt Tuerk, VP of economic development/marketing for the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, confirmed last month that CarbonLITE had chosen a different site.

CarbonLITE operates PET recycling plants in Riverside, CA and Dallas, TX. On November 15, 2018, Nestle announced in a press release that CarbonLITE would build the plant in the Lehigh Valley. “The new contract builds upon Nestle Waters’ existing relationship CarbonLITE,” the release stated.

The new plant would have capacity to recycle over 2 billion post-consumer bottles/year and produce 80 million lb/year of food-grade rPET pellets, according to the release.

Nestle’s spokesperson said the plant’s location would not change the company’s supplier agreement with CarbonLITE. 

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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North Carolina recycler Clear Path buys 12 trucks PET scrap in muni sale

HOUSTON, April 30, 2019 (PCW)--Clear Path Recycling was the winner bidder for 12 truckloads (480,000
lbs) of green and clear PET curbside bales at 15.79 cpp in the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County,
FL's, (SWA) May sale, the SWA said on Tuesday.

Terms are FOB SWA Palm Beach County. SWA’s Apr PET bale sale went to Blackbridge Investments at 16
cpp and SARG Recycling at 15.65 cpp.

Clear Path, a joint venture of Shaw Industries Group and DAK Americas, is based in Fayetteville, NC.

The SWA for May also sold three truckloads of HDPE natural curbside bales at 21.01 cpp to Michigan recycler
Clean Tech and three truckloads of HDPE mixed colors frac melt curbside bales to SARG at 14.66 cpp.

SWA’s monthly plastic scrap bale sales are price markers used in many plastic scrap markets east of the
Rockies. 

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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Recycling expansion in Mexico to add 38,000 mt/year PET for Indorama

HOUSTON, April 30, 2019 (PCW) – Indorama Ventures’ bottle recycling expansion in Mexico will add 38,000 metric tons/year of prime PET production, Richard Jones, the company’s senior vice president, told PCW on Tuesday.

The expansion start-up is expected in Q4 2019 with full production in 1Q 2020, he said. It will allow the plant to process post-consumer plastic bottles from area landfills to produce rPET flake. The flake will be processed into ‘FuTuRe-PET’ pellet for food-grade, fiber and other end-use applications. “Off-quality” flake will be available for sale to third parties, Jones said.

The AMUT Group is providing the technology and equipment for the joint-venture project.

The plant, Indorama Ventures EcoMex, is located in Zapopan, Jalisco State, part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area. 

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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Indiana plastic-rubbish-to-fuel plant groundbreaking set for late May

HOUSTON, April 24, 2019 (PCW) – Construction of a $260-million plant in Indiana that will process plastic
trash into fuel and wax will begin in late May, a spokeswoman for the company building the plant, Brightmark
Energy, told PCW on Wednesday.

The plant will use post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste from Indiana and the Chicago area as
feedstock to produce about 18 million gallons/year of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naptha blendstocks, and 6-million gallons/year of commercial-grade wax. Start-up is scheduled for mid-to-late 2021.

Feedstock will include PC flexible plastic packaging, toys and expanded polystyrene (EPS) – such as foam
packaging blocks.

BP has contracted to buy the plant’s ULSD and blendstocks for regional distribution while AM WAX, based in
La Mirada, CA, will buy the wax.

The technology being used in the plant was developed by RES Polyflow, of which San Francisco-based
Brightmark is controlling owner.

The plant will be built in Ashley, a small town in northeastern Indiana, 10 miles from the Ohio state line.
Financing includes $185 million in state bonds underwritten by Goldman Sachs.

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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PET imports up 17% in February; Egypt, Vietnam major suppliers

HOUSTON, April 24, 2019 (PCW) – US imports of PET resin totaled 60,228 metric tons in February, up 17%
from Feb 2018, the latest US Commerce Department data show.

The top source of imports was Mexico, followed by Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan and Egypt. Imports from
Vietnam in Feb 2018 were 105 mt and skyrocketed to 7,186 mt in Feb 2019. A new PET production line at Far
Eastern New Century’s plant in Vietnam has increased production capacity there to 400,000 mt/year.

No imports came from Egypt in Feb 2018 and they totaled 5,368 in Feb 2019.

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- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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Florida muni offers 12 truckloads of PET scrap for May sale

HOUSTON, April 18, 2019 (PCW) -- The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, FL is offering 12 truckloads (480,000 lb) of green and clear curbside PET bottles and containers in bales for its May bid offering sale, the SWA announced on Thursday. It is also offering three truckloads each of HDPE mixed colors and HDPE natural curbside bales

Bids are due on Apr 30 by 2 pm ET. SWA’s bale sales are price markers used in plastic scrap markets east of the Rockies.

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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PET recycler CarbonLITE will not build plant in Lehigh Valley, PA

HOUSTON, April 17, 2019 (PCW) – US PET recycler CarbonLITE Industries will not build a recycling plant in Lehigh Valley, PA, as announced in November 2018, Matthew Tuerk, VP of economic development and marketing at the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, told PCW on Tuesday.

“CarbonLITE ultimately chose a site outside of our region,” Tuerk said.

 CarbonLITE, which recycles PET at plants in Riverside, CA and Dallas, did not respond to several messages seeking comment.

The plan to build the plant was announced on Nov 15, 2018 by Nestle Waters, which has a supplier agreement to buy recycled rPET from CarbonLITE. Nestle also has two bottling facilities in the Lehigh Valley.

“The new contract builds upon Nestle Waters’ existing relationship with CarbonLITE,” the release stated.

On Wednesday, Nestle Waters’ spokeswoman said, “We defer to CarbonLITE to speak about their development plans, but I can tell you that our supplier agreement, which was referenced in our November 2018 press release, with CarbonLITE is not contingent on the specific location of their new facility.” 

CarbonLITE is one of about 25 PET “reclaimer” recyclers in North America. 

- Xavier A Cronin, Xavier@petrochemwire.com

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