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Alliance and CRDC to make concrete additive from plastic waste

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Alliance and CRDC to make concrete additive from plastic waste

The partnership will establish a new plant in Pennsylvania and ramp up production in Costa Rica to serve a growing market for sustainable construction. - EndPlasticWaste

Global non-profit organisation, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance), and the Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC Global) announced a partnership to scale up a solution for converting hard-to-recycle plastic waste into a concrete additive for building and construction applications. Through the collaboration, CRDC will expand its footprint in North America with the development of a 14,000 square foot production plant in York, Pennsylvania. The company will also scale up its existing production plant in Costa Rica, from small-scale commercial production to a full-scale commercial capacity of 90 tons per day when fully operational by mid-2022.

Combined, the two facilities will be able to process up to 24,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year. They will accept all types of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill or be incinerated—to produce concrete additive, RESIN8. It is suitable for numerous applications including concrete blocks and pavers, pre-cast concrete and poured-in-place concrete. The resultant material is up to 15% lighter or stronger depending on its usage, with up to 20% better insulation properties than traditional concrete. It has already been used by Habitat for Humanity to build housing in Latin America.

Together with CRDC, we can help drive environmental, economic and social value for hard-to-recycle plastics. We’re excited to deliver this solution to the North and Central American markets, with the aim of bringing this to a global audience.

Jacob Duer, President and CEO, the Alliance

According to Donald Thomson, chairman and founder of CRDC Global, his company is proud to partner with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to put circularity to work, as RESIN8 has a positive impact on both the plastics and the construction industries. It was designed specifically for the construction industry, bringing it one step closer to net-zero. Many years were spent on research and development to ensure that the resulting process can be rapidly scaled to help resolve the waste plastic dilemma.

We are glad to see innovative solutions like RESIN8 move forward to help improve reuse of plastic waste. At Georgia- Pacific, we actively engage in continuous improvement and exploration of innovative solutions that benefit society as part of our business strategy and success measures.

Marc Forman, President of Georgia-Pacific Recycling, a partner of CRDC

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