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    Recycling in the US: Republic Services relies on MetaPure

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    Republic Services is banking on technology from Krones for the United States’ first vertically integrated plastics recycling facility for PET and PO.
    • Pete Keller, Vice President of Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services Image credits:

      Republic Services

    The Republic Services Polymer Center will be the first vertically integrated plastics recycling facility in the United States. To implement this ambitious project, Republic Services has chosen to rely on the technology and expertise of Krones.

    As consumer brands increase their demand for high-quality recycled plastic, and sustainability legislation becomes more of a reality, the need for recycled plastic in packaging has never been higher. The US-based company Republic Services is one of the national leaders in the environmental services and waste hauling business. And with help from Krones, Republic is looking to manage the entire plastics stream from curbside collection to final, consumer-ready recycled product.  The new Republic Services Polymer Center will be the first vertically integrated plastics recycling facility in the United States.

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    Customer: Republic Services
    Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    Project: Turnkey solution for the Republic Services Polymer Center
    Commissioning: Planned for late 2023
    Scope: Krones to supply all equipment, utility materials, and install expertise for the project, including

    Once complete, the Republic Services Polymer Center will be able to produce over 100 million pounds of recovered resin product each year.

    "Our partnership with Krones is a long-term investment in quality, with a durable and consistent system offering the highest quality finished product,” says Pete Keller, Vice President of Recycling and Sustainability of Republic Services, of the decision. “Krones offered not only the equipment, utility and know-how needed for this project, but their worldwide connections in the plastics and packaging industries opens doors to the companies most likely to utilize the recycled plastic products we’ll be producing.”

    Our partnership with Krones is a long-term investment in quality, with a durable and consistent system offering the highest quality finished product. Erwin HächlPete KellerVice President of Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services

    The Republic Services Polymer Center will have two separate lines: one dedicated to recovered PET and the other to olefins (polyethylene and polypropylene). When the site opens, around 65 percent of throughput will be PET, Keller noted, and 35 percent will be olefins. But the company’s long-term goal is to get that mix to 50-50. “The Polymer Center is the first step in Republic’s journey toward addressing plastics circularity. We plan two to three additional Polymer Centers across the country, and may look to partner with Krones for additional processing capabilities as the business grows and evolves,” says Pete Keller.

    In supplying and installing turnkey sorting, sterilization and processing systems for Republic Services, Krones is helping an industry leader create a first-of-its kind facility. Once active, the Polymer Center will help close the loop in the circular economy…not only controlling the collection, cleaning and separation of used plastic materials, but then, in that very same facility, processing them into the high-quality sustainable product that the market demands. Jon LarsonHead of Plastics Technology Sales North America, Central America & Caribbean, Krones

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