Recycled glass could get a market boost in certain areas of the south with the anticipated development of two new facilities.
Arglass Yamamura announced it is planning to build a $123 million bottle plant in Valdosta, Ga., that could potentially produce 100,000 metric tons of product per year, or about 265 million bottles. And North Charleston, S.C.-based Fisher Recycling’s GlassEco, which recycles glass from various sources into countertops, plans to move its manufacturing operation to a vacant 85,000-square-foot space in Beaufort, in the southern part of the state 40 miles from Savannah, Ga.
A company called Glass WRX SC was formed to run the new plant in South Carolina, Resource Recycling reports. GlassWRX SC will convert the glass into various products including kitchen counters, floor tiles and wall materials.
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A bottle factory coming to southern Georgia will clean up cullet in an on-site facility. Meanwhile, a South Carolina manufacturer is investing to use more recovered glass in a variety of products.
The pair of projects have the potential to prop up glass recycling in parts of the South.