Taiwan-based plastics recycling and recycling equipment manufacturing company Boretech Group has announced plans to open a new PET plastic container facility in Stockton, California.

The company’s first facility in the US, the plant will buy PET containers in bulk from a collection centre. The containers are cleaned and processed into plastic flakes that can be instantly turned into new products.

Tenant improvements on the facility are being made by Diede Construction of Lodi.

San Joaquin Partnership chief executive Michael Ammann told "When stuff comes in, the bottles themselves aren’t that clean. They have caps on them or they have some kind of advertising or bottle content information strapped to them."

The plant is expected to be opened by the end of the summer. It will become part of a loop of using and reusing the same material produced by plastics manufacturers in San Joaquin county.

PET bottles and containers are recycled at a rate of around 65% in California, the highest recycling rate in the nation. The national average is only 28%.

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Through the state recycling deposit programme, collection centres will be able to pay $0.70 a pound for PET containers.

Image: The proposed facility will buy PET containers in bulk from a local collection centre. Photo: courtesy of kangshutters/