State awards business development grants to North Carolina recycling businesses

RALEIGH

RALEIGH – The Department of Environmental Quality’s Recycling Program recently provided $665,630 in recycling business development grants to 20 North Carolina recycling companies. The grants are projected to create 61 jobs and generate more than $2 million in new, private business investments while reducing the state’s dependence on landfill disposal.

“Recycling businesses are valuable contributors to North Carolina’s long-term economic development while working toward a cleaner, more sustainable environment,” said Jamie Ragan, director of the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service. “The projects funded by these grants will create jobs and redirect recyclables back into the economy, thereby diverting materials from the waste stream.”

The recycling business grantees are from 16 counties, representing both large and small companies. Types of grant projects awarded include upgrades to material recovery facilities, expanding end-product manufacturing capacity for mixed paper and plastics, and increasing recycling processing for a variety of other materials.

For the third year in a row, the division gave priority to projects that improve North Carolina’s capacity to domestically process and use mixed paper and non-bottle plastics. By prioritizing projects that strengthen local markets, the state Recycling Program is working to keep valuable materials in-state and decrease reliance on foreign buyers.

Grants are offered each year, depending on funding availability, to reduce the flow of solid waste into landfills and strengthen the state’s recycling economy. Recipients are required to provide a minimum cash match of 50 percent of the grant award; however, the level of private investment in 2020 is expected to more than triple the total grant funding. The combination of grant and private dollars will result in a more than $2.7 million investment in the state’s recycling infrastructure while supporting the local economy.

The Recycling Business Assistance Center in DEQ’s Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service works one-on-one with recycling companies to provide technical, business and financial assistance. For information about the grant program, go to: https://deq.nc.gov/conservation/recycling-business-assistance/financing/grants [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net].

A full list of the 20 business recipients and descriptions of the projects can be found below or at: https://deq.nc.gov/conservation/recycling/programs-offered/grants-recycling-businesses/2020-grant-winners [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net].

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GRANTEE

GRANT AMOUNT

JOB CREATION 

COUNTY

PROJECT SUMMARY

AEIPLUS, Inc.

$40,000

15

Gaston

AEIPLUS will purchase wash line equipment to clean contaminated agricultural plastics as part of the plastic film recycling process.

American Recycling

 $60,000

3

Buncombe

American Recycling will purchase a new baler to reduce costs and increase efficiency at the material recovery facility.

Bromley Plastics

$60,000

3

Henderson

Bromley Plastics will purchase a plastic shredding system to increase capacity at its facility.

Carolina Concrete

$25,000

2

Craven

Carolina Concrete will purchase a permanent office building to expand the company's client base for concrete recycling.

Cascades Moulded Pulp

$60,000

0

Richmond

Cascades will purchase a detrasher and trommel system to separate debris from recyclable materials and improve efficiency for recycling mixed paper.

Clear Path Recycling

$40,000

0

Cumberland

Clear Path Recycling will purchase a system to reprocess material bound for landfill to recover greater amounts of recyclable plastic.

Crown Town Compost

$32,130

1

Mecklenburg

Crown Town Compost will purchase a refrigerated walk-in trailer, curbside roll-out bins, a compost mixer, and a compost sifter to expand the company’s organic waste recycling services.

East Coast Consolidated

 $30,000

1

Onslow

East Coast Consolidated will purchase a split-body truck and recycling containers to expand curbside recycling service.

Gallins Family Farm

$24,500

1

Davie

Gallins Family Farm will purchase a front-end loader to increase equipment capacity and processing productivity at its handling site for recycling food and organic waste.

Green Zone Recycling

$12,000

1

Durham

Green Zone Recycling will purchase an automated baler and collection containers to assist in textile collection and recycling.

High Cube

$25,000

1

Durham

High Cube will purchase a foam densifier to expand the company's post-commercial expanded polystyrene and polyethylene recycling services.

Industrial Commons

$30,000

1

Burke

Industrial Commons will purchase a conveyor and baler to more efficiently process textile waste for recycling.

Ingram Woodyards

$15,000

2

Moore

Ingram Woodyards will purchase an open top chip van to expand the company's wood debris recycling capacity.

Orange Recycling Services 

$10,000

1

Durham

Orange Recycling Services will purchase additional collection containers to expand the company's cardboard collection service in the Triangle area.

Pelican Packaging

$40,000

1

Halifax

Pelican Packaging will rebuild a plastic shredder and purchase both a horizontal baler and forklifts to expand the company’s industrial plastics recycling capacity.

Plastic Materials

$60,000

4

Gaston

Plastic Materials will purchase a larger building to increase the company’s ability to recycle plastic film and rigid plastic scrap materials.

RePolyTex LLC

$30,000

18

Rockingham

RePolyTex will purchase molding equipment to manufacture plastic "plywood" sheets made from electronics plastic scrap and other mixed plastics.

Resource Material Handling and Recycling

$12,000

3

Iredell

Resource Material will purchase a cyclone separation machine to improve the quality of plastic regrind.

Simply Green Recycling

$30,000

3

Burke

Simply Green Recycling will purchase a rear loading compacting truck to collect residential and commercial recycling more efficiently and expand service.

Wellmark Plastics

$30,000

0

Randolph

Wellmark Plastics will purchase an optical sorter to separate and produce higher value recycled plastic resins.

 TOTALS

$665,630

61

 

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