US-based recycling firm PureCycle Technologies is to build a facility to manufacture ultra-pure recycled polypropylene (rPP) in Augusta, Georgia, US.

The company reached an agreement with the Augusta Economic Development Authority to develop the site at the Augusta Corporate Park.

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The site will use waste polypropylene (PP) to produce rPP, with the capacity to host up to five processing lines.

In the project’s first phase, PureCycle will invest $440m to develop three lines, each of which will have the capacity to produce 130 million pounds a year.

Once operational, the 200-acre facility will create more than 80 jobs.

PureCycle CEO Mike Otworth said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Augusta Economic Development Authority to establish our next polypropylene purification facility.

“Demand for high-quality recycled polypropylene is continuing to outpace supply as brands seek sustainable materials for their products.

“Our Augusta operation will be pivotal in our quest to help solve the plastic waste crisis.”

PureCycle chose Augusta-Richmond County for the facility’s location due to its feed and product delivery supply-chain efficiencies, skilled labour market and community support.

The company aims to increase its capacity for producing virgin-like rPP from PP to one billion pounds by 2025.

Augusta Economic Development chairman Steven Kendrick said: “The Augusta Economic Development Authority is excited to welcome [PureCycle] to the Augusta Corporate Park.

“As they build their facility and bring skilled jobs with better-than-average salaries to the area, they help in our overall plan of improving our park.”

Besides the Augusta location, PureCycle’s flagship recycling facility in Ironton, Ohio, is currently under construction.

The company claims the facility has already pre-sold more than 20 years’ worth of output.

PureCycle’s rPP can be used for consumer goods, automotive, construction and industrial applications.

Last May, the company reached an agreement with energy firm Total, under which Total would buy a certain portion of the Ironton facility’s output.