Republic Services and Blue Polymers have broken ground on a new plastics recycling complex in Indianapolis, US.

The site encompasses a Republic ‘Polymer Center’ and a Blue advanced polymer production facility.

Both facilities are anticipated to be opened by the end of next year.

They are expected to promote the circularity of plastics and provide recycled materials for sustainable packaging and other applications.

The Indianapolis-based site will comprise two buildings with a combined area of approximately 286,000ft² and create roughly 125 permanent jobs for the local community.

Lauth Group has been selected for the development and construction of the project.

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Republic recycling and sustainability vice-president Pete Keller said: “Through our Polymer Center network and Blue Polymers partnership, we’re helping customers achieve their ambitious recycled content goals by producing high-quality recycled plastics.

“As a leader in the environmental services industry and one of the nation’s largest recyclers, Republic Services is uniquely positioned to advance plastics circularity and the region’s circular economy while supporting Indianapolis’ vision for a more resilient future.”

Republic is establishing a national network of Polymer Centers alongside Blue Polymers’ production facilities via a joint venture (JV) established earlier this year.

Republic’s centres are set to represent the first time that a single US company is overseeing the entire plastics cycle, from collection to manufacturing.

The company’s first Polymer Center is set to open later this year in Las Vegas, US.