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Command Packaging to open agricultural plastic recycling center

August 21, 2013

Command Packaging to open agricultural plastic recycling center

Command Packaging is planning to turn part of the former Firestone plant outside Salinas, California, into a 124,500 square foot recycling facility for plastics from the agricultural industry. Encore recycling, as the new operation will be known, will eventually turn 100 million pounds of agricultural plastic each year into reusable plastic bags.

Although there are recycling facilities in the area, Command general manager Aviv Halimi said none of them could handle the scale of plastic needed to be recycled by the agricultural industry. He also said many products used by growers are not accepted by recyclers, such as strawberry mulch, the massive plastic sheets which cover strawberry fields.

In a further nod to sustainability, water used at the facility will be in a 100 percent “closed loop,” meaning all water used in the wash will be reused.

Read more at Environmental Leader.

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