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Quebec PET recycler to produce food-grade resin

Joliette, Que.-based PET recycler Plastrec Inc. has announced plans to begin production of food-grade PET resin.


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January 27, 2011 by Canadian Plastics

Joliette, Que.-based PET recycler Plastrec Inc. has announced plans to begin production of food-grade PET resin.

According to Plastrec, the new grade will come by combining an extrusion technology developed by Germany-based Gneuss Inc., together with a decontamination system from Buhler of Switzerland. The technology has been approved by the Health Canada and the American Food and Drug Association, the company added.

“Plastrec will produce 40 million lbs. annually of recycled PET resin,” said Louis Robitaille,

the company’s vice-president. “This resin will be used for making new bottles, various packaging as well as polyester fibre.”

The company anticipates beginning production of the food grade resin by February 2011.

Founded in 1992, Plastrec processes over 75 million lbs. of PET per year, according to its website – all of it produced from curbside collection bottles.