International Recycling Group Purchases 25-Acre Parcel at Former Hammermill Paper Site

March 15, 2022

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ERIE, Pa.– International Recycling Group (IRG) finalized the purchase of 25.48 acres of the former Hammermill Paper site from SB3, LLC.  The company announced today that the property, located at 1565 E. Lake Road, is now officially the home of what will become the country’s largest plastics recycling plant.

“While IRG is transforming the outdated plastic waste collection model to create the first “all-plastics” recycling solution, we are also proud of the transformational milestone at an industrial site on Erie’s eastside abandoned two decades ago,” said Mitch Hecht, Founder and Chairman, IRG. “IRG is ready to go, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin the Recycling Revolution right here in Erie.”

The country’s first SuperPRF™ (“PRF” = Plastics Recovery Facility) will revolutionize the recycling of plastics by accepting all forms of post-use plastics, including cups, lids, tubs, single-use plastics, drink containers, and milk cartons from residential and commercial sources. Right now, almost two-thirds of the plastic Erie households generate are not accepted for recycling.  IRG, with its sister company, newBin, promise to ensure not a pound of plastic goes into landfill or the environment.

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About International Recycling Group (IRG) 

International Recycling Group (IRG) is designing the country’s largest plastics recycling plant to process all types and grades of plastic scrap. In the United States, according to EPA estimates, less than 9% of all plastics that enter the municipal solid waste ("MSW") stream are recycled. Combined with plastic scrap generated by industrial and commercial industries, we estimate that over 50 million tons annually of plastic scrap are destined for landfills. Plastic scrap has considerable potential to be repurposed and IRG plans to efficiently utilize this untapped resource. Located on the US Great Lakes, IRG’s new “SuperPRF” will be able to accept ALL types of plastic—not just bottles (the “#1s and #2s”). Thus, “single streaming,” or combining all plastics into a recycling bin or cart for pickup, will now be economically viable.

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