PureCycle Technologies broke ground on its second US plastic waste purification facility on March 22. The plant in Augusta, GA, will enable PureCycle to bring production of its ultra-pure recycled (UPR) resin to the Southeast. The company opened its first US facility in Lawrence County, OH, in 2017.
The facility in Augusta is designed to transform No. 5 plastic waste into a sustainable material that can be used to make products such as yogurt cups, cosmetics, plastic containers, and even car parts. The plant can support up to eight purification lines, which collectively can produce approximately one billion pounds of like-new recycled plastic annually.
PureCycle holds a global license to commercialize a solvent-based purification recycling technology developed by Procter & Gamble that restores waste polypropylene (PP) into ultra-pure resin. The proprietary process removes color, odor, and other contaminants from recycled feedstock, resulting in ultra-pure PP suitable for any market, said PureCycle.
The groundbreaking and start of construction in Augusta come on the heels of the recent announcement of PureCycle’s $250 million private equity capital raise, which will help support build out of the Augusta facility. PureCycle expects the first two Augusta purification lines to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, with a capacity to produce 260 million pounds of like-new recycling resin annually.