to buy post-consumer PLA
BIOCOR LLC announced its launch as a new venture
in the business of buying, aggregating and processing post-consumer
Polylactic acid (PLA), the 100 percent plant based bioplastic,
seeing broad and growing interest in a variety of plastics markets.
BIOCOR will capitalize on the ease with which PLA can be converted
back to its original lactic acid feedstock for subsequent use
in a variety of existing end markets
Executive director Mike Centers explained that BIOCOR will pay
recyclers an economically attractive price for PLA in any packaging
format and work with recyclers to achieve efficient separation
of post-consumer PLA from other plastics. BIOCOR provides recyclers
with a market for any post-consumer PLA they process. BIOCOR
will also collaborate on PLA recycling pilot projects and work
with federal, state, and municipal entities, non-governmental
organizations, consumer groups, and recycling organizations.
Unlike most petroleum-based plastics today, bioplastics such
as PLA offer multiple end-of-life scenarios. For example, PLA
offers a true “cradle-to-cradle” end-of-life option whereby PLA
can be completely converted back into its fundamental building
block, lactic acid, and then reformulated into a biopolymer.
PLA can also be commercially composted and used for soil enrichment.
BIOCORE’s primary focus is on supplying recycled PLA to those
interested in lactic acid uses.
Located in Concord, California, BIOCOR is currently hiring staff
and scaling up its infrastructure to address the North American