US-based reusable shopping and restaurant bag manufacturer Command Packaging is to open a new recycling facility in Salinas, California.
Encore Recycling, the new 130,000ft² agricultural plastic recycling facility, is scheduled to begin operations in October. It will be capable of recycling more than 100 million pounds of plastic annually.
Command Packaging and Encore Recycling CEO Pete Grande said that the facility will help California create the standard for a sustainable closed-loop recycling system throughout the country.
"Implementing a sustainable recycling model that works for the consumer, the grocery store and the environment, is a win-win for all. People love plastic. It's part of our everyday lives. Instead of trying to eliminate it, we need to create a smarter plastic and Encore is doing that," he said.
The system diverts discarded plastic from landfills and creates reusable and recyclable bags for the region's grocery market.
Companies such as Dole, Driscoll, Pacific Gold Farms, Ramco and Red Blossom Strawberries already work with Encore Recycling to ensure that their plastic is collected and recycled.
Dole spokesperson Thomas Flewell said that Encore Recycling's recycling programme allows Dole to cease sending agricultural plastic to the landfill.
"Instead, Encore Recycling will process the material for a new use. We anticipate that participating in the program will result in significant cost savings," Flewell added.
Image: Encore Recycling facility recycles more than 100 million pounds of agricultural plastic annually. Photo: courtesy of Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.