O'Neal Designs and Constructs World's Largest Plastic Recycling Facility

O'Neal Designs and Constructs World's Largest Plastic Recycling Facility

O'Neal, Inc. announced that it successfully completed the design and construction of the world's largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling facility for New United Resource Recovery Corporation (NURRC) in Spartanburg, SC. When operating at full capacity, the 30-acre site will recycle 100 million pounds of plastic for reuse as new bottles—the equivalent of nearly 2 billion 20-ounce plastic bottles. O'Neal executives joined NURRC executives, along with 200 business leaders and environmental experts, for the plant’s grand opening on Wednesday, January 14th.

The new expansion will allow NURRC to increase its patented plastic recycling operations by ten-fold this year. O'Neal, Inc. designed and constructed the 30-acre addition to include a baled bottle storage yard, the bottle sorting and wash process, and a new 45,000-square-foot process building. Included in this space is a two-story office, laboratories and meeting space to accommodate the nearly 100 new jobs the expansion is expected to create. Additionally, improvements were made to the existing facility including additional process equipment, power, lighting, utilities, equipment-supports and a 3,000-square-foot, 60-foot-tall process tower.

By making bottles from recycled plastic rather than virgin raw materials, the Spartanburg plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million metric tons over the next ten years – the equivalent of removing 215,000 cars from the road.

ABOUT NURRC: New United Resource Recovery Corporation (NURRC), headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., is a leader in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling technology. In 1994, NURRC completely revolutionized the PET recycling industry by developing and patenting the world renown Hybrid UnPET process for chemically super-cleaning PET flake for cost efficient food grade packaging. NURRC provides manufacturing in the U.S. and offers licensing opportunities and engineering services for clients worldwide. For more information about NURRC, visit www.urrc.net