PHOENIX, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) today unveiled plans to develop the nation’s first integrated plastics recycling facility, which will directly serve growing demand from consumer brands and manufacturers of packaging for recycled plastic, allowing greater circularity. The Republic Services Polymer Center represents the first time a U.S. company has managed the flow of plastic materials through an integrated process from curbside collection of recycled materials to the production and delivery of recycled content from high quality for consumer packaging.

“Packaged goods manufacturers have set ambitious goals to use more post-consumer content in their products, but the current supply of recycled plastics is insufficient. The Republic Services Polymer Center will help meet the growing demand for a reliable, high-quality supply of recycled materials. plastics, helping brands achieve their sustainability goals,” said Jon Vander Ark, President and CEO. “This is a crucial step in solving the plastics circularity challenge. As a leader in the environmental services industry and one of the nation’s largest recyclers, Republic is uniquely positioned to support the circular economy.

Today in the United States, only about 30% of single-use plastic bottles and jugs are recycled.1. Even when these plastics are placed in the recycling bin, their life cycle is not always circular. Instead of being recycled into consumer packaging, these plastics are often recycled into products such as textiles or carpets, or for industrial purposes such as construction pipes, which have few options for further recycling.

Brands continue to make voluntary sustainability commitments to increase the use of recycled content in consumer packaging, while states such as California and Washington require the use of recycled content in single-use plastic containers. Despite this growing demand, there is not enough high-quality recycled plastic for manufacturers to use in consumer packaging. The Polymer Center will help bridge the gap between curbside pickups and the needs of manufacturers, providing a reliable supply of domestically sourced recycled plastics for use in food-grade packaging and other consumer products.

Rigid plastics collected from residential and commercial customers and sorted at local recycling facilities will be delivered to the Polymer Center for processing, including shredding and hot washing or sorting by color. The facility is expected to produce over 100 million pounds per year of recycled plastic products, including 100% post-consumer PET flakes delivered to the food-grade market to enable bottle-to-bottle circularity. In addition, HDPE and PP packaging such as detergent canisters, which today are collected in multi-coloured bundles, can be separated by type of plastic and color, allowing for example to recycle an orange canister into another orange canister. .

The first Polymer Center, opened in Vegas in 2023, will process plastics from Republic’s recycling facilities in the West, where legislation is driving increased demand for recycled content. Republic plans to open two to three additional centers to provide national coverage and further drive circularity.

Republic Services is a leader in the sustainability and environmental services industry. The Polymer Center directly supports Republic’s long-term sustainability goal to increase the recovery and circularity of key materials by 40% by 2030 and will help our customers achieve their own sustainability goals. For more information, visit RepublicServices.com/PolymerCenter.

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