2021 RBAC Grant Winners State recycling business grants awarded this spring are expected to generate approximately 108 jobs, more than $1.3 million in new, private business investments and a reduction in the state’s dependence on landfill disposal. Sixteen companies that collect, process and manufacture new products with recycled materials will receive more than $490,000 in funds from N.C. DEQ’s Recycling Business Assistance Center in 2021. Grants will support increases in plastic processing capacity, upgrades to material recovery facilities, and improved markets for a variety of other recyclables. Read the press release here. Selected projects include: American Recycling ($50,000) - American Recycling (Buncombe Co) will purchase an optical sorter to expand collection and processing of polypropylene bottles and containers. AMES Copper Group ($30,000) - AMES (Cleveland Co) will purchase a spectrometer for the company’s new copper smelting facility to achieve quality specifications and maximize the breadth and volume of copper material recycled. Brunson Recycling ($36,979) - Brunson Recycling (McDowell Co) will purchase an aspirator and rotary drum to expand and improve industrial plastics recycling. Cardinal Recycling ($20,000) - Cardinal Recycling (Rockingham Co) will purchase a baler with a conveyer to increase processing capacity for industrial plastics, film and cardboard. Clear Path Recycling ($40,000) - Clear Path Recycling (Cumberland Co) will purchase a grinder system to recover mixed color plastic bottle flake. EnviroVision ($30,000) - EnviroVision (Gaston Co) will purchase a shredder conveyor system to support their new service of collecting, reusing, and recycling 96-gallon carts coming out of service. Global Circle Recycling ($30,000) - Global Circle Recycling (Gaston Co) will purchase a shredder and regrind system to process additional industrial plastics. Mahan & Huff ($11,000) - Mahan & Huff (Guilford Co) will purchase tractor trailers to expand their styrofoam recycling program. McGill Environmental ($20,000) - McGill (Sampson Co) will purchase a radial stacker to effectively move and store finished products to minimize handling and maintain product quality. New East Recycling & Container ($11,000) - New East (Pitt Co) will purchase 20-yard and 30-yard roll-off recycling dumpsters to expand construction and demolition debris recycling. North Davidson Garbage Service ($25,000) - North Davidson Garbage Service (Davidson Co) will purchase a wheel loader to manage incoming mixed recycling loads more safely and effectively, leading to better productivity and improved material quality. Plastic Network ($25,000) - Plastic Network (Lincoln Co) will purchase silos to store material and facilitate product blending, allowing the company to expand specifications for plastics that can be accepted and recycled. Shimar ($47,333.33) - Shimar (Durham Co) will purchase a forklift and a truck to recycle lab plastics from area research institutions and businesses. Sonoco Recycling - Raleigh ($50,000) - Sonoco (Wake Co) will purchase an optical sorter to separate fiber and non-fiber recyclables leading to increased recovery rates, less contamination, and better commodity values. Strategic Materials ($36,625) - Strategic Materials (Durham Co) will purchase a new collection truck to ensure reliable collection of recyclable beverage containers for customers throughout the state. Synergy Recycling ($30,000) - Synergy Recycling (Rockingham Co) will install a new processing line to separate cathode ray tube (CRT) glass for further processing.