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Du Pont And Waste Management To Build Plastic Recycling Plant In Philly

December 12, 1989

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Du Pont Co. and Waste Management of North America Inc. announced today Philadelphia is the site for a plastic recycling plant to serve the northeastern United States and eventually anchor a national network.

Nicholas Pappas, Du Pont’s executive vice president, said the nation’s fifth largest city ″will provide an excellent site for us to demonstrate that plastic recycling is a vital tool for reducing the nation’s solid waste disposal problem.″

The Philadelphia plant is expected to be the first link in the largest recycling system ever, Pappas said. Du Pont is headquartered in Wilmington, Del., and Waste Management is based in Oak Brook, Ill.

Pappas said DuPont and Waste Management expect to announce early next year the site of a Midwestern plant. Others will be located in areas where the companies can buy materials from curbside and deposit programs.

The Philadelphia plant, which will have an annual capacity of up to 40 million pounds initially, is scheduled to begin operating in the spring of 1990 and will employ about 70 people.

Noting that 60 percent of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods already participate in recycling programs, Pappas said by locating the facility here, ″we expect to be able to purchase a steady supply of source material and will have access to viable markets for the high-value, end-use products Du Pont intends to develop.″

Pappas said Du Pont expects to use the recycled plastics in the automotive, consumer and building industries.

William Hulligan, president of the Waste Management, said ″the recycling experience and polymer technology possessed by Waste Management and Du Pont, coupled with public enthusiasm for plastic recycling will make this a successful venture.″

The two executives said the joint venture will have a total capacity of 200 million pounds from trash sources by 1994 and will provide an integrated recycling system that includes collection, separation, sorting and reclamation of the plastics.

Waste Management claims to collect waste from more than 8 million residential and industrial customers in the United States.

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