EFS-plastics increases access to recyclables with new processing facility in Alberta
EFS-plastics Inc. is opening a new processing facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, to increase access to recyclables needed to produce its 100 percent post-consumer resin.
The 70,000 square foot facility will increase EFS's processing capacity by 10,000 metric tonnes per year, representing a 20 percent increase. Beginning in the first week of April, EFS will accept #3-7 and #1-7 mixed rigid plastic bales from material recovery facilities (MRFs) located in western regions of Canada and the United States. This investment builds on the strong relationships that EFS has developed with Western MRFs since the Chinese National Sword policy limited the export of residential plastics in 2018.
"As we increase the amount of recycled resin we produce, we remain focused on keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible," said Martin Vogt, EFS-plastics president and CEO. "This new location allows us to cut carbon emissions associated with transportation as we extend the impact of our highly-automated, mechanical recycling operations."
EFS-plastics sees opportunities in Western North America to recover more material that is currently lost to landfills or exported overseas. As interest in post-consumer resin grows, EFS will continue to develop domestic end markets that simplify the work of MRFs and provide PCR for customers.