USA – ACI Plastics, in partnership with Luxembourg-based Ravago, has opened a new, state-of-the-art recycling facility in Flint, Michigan.

Along with officials from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley as well as Genesee County state legislators, the Flint-based thermoplastics recycler unveiled the US$10 million facility.

The company has installed what it says is state-of-the-art processing and cleaning technology at the new site, and city officials say the installation makes ACI Plastics the largest processor of post-consumer plastic film in Michigan.

ACI Plastics President Scott Melton said: “We like going to sleep every night knowing that you’re not only doing something to help the environment but also providing a good living for many employees while enjoying a successful business.”

ACI Plastics has teamed up with plastic resin distributor Ravago to ship its recycled plastic pellets to its customers throughout the U.S.

The company says its pellets will be turned into new products by Michigan-based consumer goods and automotive companies, including Petoskey Plastics and Grand Rapids-based recycling cart manufacturer Cascade Cart Solutions.

The company says it anticipates processing 24 million pounds of postconsumer plastic film this year among its four facilities—two in Flint and one each in South Carolina and Nebraska—with the ability to increase capacity by another 24 million pounds if demand warrants.

It says its new wash line will allow for the recycling of Michigan-produced recycled plastic content to be kept in-state for reuse rather than landfilled or shipped to other states or countries for recycling.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley added: “We are proud to welcome ACI Plastics’ new facility and congratulate their entire team on this milestone achievement.

“I am very excited about these opportunities brought by ACI Plastics and I want to thank them for their continued investment in our great city.”

ACI Plastics received funding support for the investment in the new facility through a US$300,000 Renew Michigan infrastructure grant from EGLE and a US$150,000 Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The Renew Michigan funds are part of EGLE’s strategy to support recycling infrastructure, improve the quality of recyclable materials and promote market development.

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