MOSCOW (MRC) -- Canadian-based recyclers EFS-Plastics and Kal-Polymers have announced significant investments in expanding their recycled polyolefin processing capacity in 2022, said the company.
EFS-Plastics announced it will be building a 70,000 square feet (sq ft) facility in Lethbridge Alberta, with a recycled plastic processing capacity of 10,000 tonnes/year. Building on its relationships with US material recovery facilities (MRFs), it will source mixed rigid plastic bales from the western United States and Canada.
EFS-plastics has two other facilities, a mixed rigids-focused plant in Listowel, Ontario and a film-focused facility in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. They currently offer 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), and polypropylene (PP) resins.
Similarly, Kal-Polymers has declared it is spending USD7.8m on an additional post-industrial based food grade PP recycling line at its flagship facility in Mississauga, Ontario. The line is slated to be operational around the start of Q3. With the addition of this fifth line, its total recycled plastics processing capacity will increase to approximately 68,000 tonnes/year.
Kal-Polymers also has a 100,000 sq ft facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, purchased in 2019 and expanded in 2020, bringing the facility to a total of four recycling lines. Aside from PP, Kal Polymers offers food-grade post-industrial based linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Both announcements come as demand for recycled plastics continues to grow, on the back of sustainability targets from major consumer brands companies.
As per MRC, EFS-plastics Inc. has acquired custom blow molder Exi-Plast Custom Moulding for an undisclosed amount. Both companies will continue to operate under their organizational structures, officials with Listowel, Ont.-based EFS said in a news release.
Founded in 1992, Exi-Plast is headquartered in Huron Park, Ontario.