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Boise Finds New Alternative for Hard-to-Recycle Plastics

Paul Ploumis
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However, the pyrolysis company had stopped accepting materials last year, for installing upgrades at the facility.

Boise Finds New Alternative for Hard-to-Recycle Plastics

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The City of Boise announced that it has identified a new downstream market for its hard-to-recycle plastics collected though the EnergyBag program supported by Hefty.

The EnergyBag program used orange bags to collect hard-to-recycle plastics including plastic bags, plastic films and dairy tubes by separating them off sorting lines at material recycling facilities. Initially, these materials were baled and then sent to Salt Lake City-based Renewlogy, which had used them as feedstock in producing diesel fuels.

However, the pyrolysis company had stopped accepting materials last year, for installing upgrades at the facility. The company had earlier announced plans to begin accepting materials in early-2020, but could not do so due to additional delays in equipment upgrade process.

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During this period, the EnergyBag program had been stacking the materials at a local materials facility.

According to the announcement, it has reached an agreement to send the materials to a Utah-based cement manufacturer on a temporary basis until September this year. The agreement will be extended for a further period, based on the outcome of the full environmental assessment of the option. It must be noted that the initial assessment has indicated improved environmental outcomes when compared to landfilling.

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