QRS Recycling and Canusa Hershman Recycling are shutting down their Dundalk, Md.-based plastics recovery facility (PRF) due to challenges in the post-consumer plastics industry and a need for equipment upgrades.
The 128,000-sqaure-foot PRF opened in November 2015, had a capacity of nearly 55,000 tons of material per year and separated materials out of Nos. 3-7 bales. In addition, the facility was one of the first to receive financial support from the Closed Loop Fund, a group that works to bolster U.S. recycling through corporate financing.
This decision to close the facility comes just weeks after China announced that it plans to ban 24 types of solid waste imports.
Resource Recycling has more details:
A joint-venture plastics recovery facility in Maryland will end operations in the coming days, citing challenges in the post-consumer plastics industry and pointing to a need to upgrade its equipment.
QRS Recycling and Canusa Hershman Recycling will close their Dundalk, Md. site slightly more than a year after QRS closed a separate plastics recovery facility (PRF) in Atlanta.
The companies opened the 128,000-square-foot Baltimore-area PRF in November 2015, focusing on separating materials out of Nos. 3-7 bales. The Maryland location was sited to serve regional materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and reclaimers, according to QRS. It had a capacity of nearly 55,000 tons per year.