Orpet to develop Oregon plastic recycling facility
Orpet, a new Oregon-based partnership, announced plans
for a state-of-the-art, sustainably designed polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle recycling facility
near St. Helens, Oregon. Orpet is a partnership between
private investors and the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
(OBRC), the predominant administrator of Oregon’s bottle
bill. Orpet will begin operations in the second quarter
of 2010, immediately creating 50 local, sustainable jobs.
The facility will be the first of its type in the region,
converting millions of the PET bottles collected each
year through Oregon’s Bottle Bill into materials for
manufacturing, construction and packaging. Orpet plans
to market these products to a wide variety of Northwest
companies, providing a local supply chain solution for
regional businesses, and eliminating the carbon footprint
associated with the current practice of exporting PET
bottles to foreign countries.
“Oregon’s innovative bottle bill and the public’s commitment
to recycling can benefit both the environment and our region’s
economy,” said Dennis Denton, organizing group partner, Orpet.
“Rather than ship these materials overseas, we can put them to
work right here in the Northwest, with zero negative environmental
Orpet’s collaborative business model leverages a management team
with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and materials
management, as well as OBRC’s expertise with Oregon’s bottle
bill. OBRC manages more than 95 percent of the recyclable containers
collected through the bottle bill, which in 2009 added PET water
bottles to the $.05 deposit program. Collection of PET water
bottles has increased significantly since their addition to the
program, providing a consistent supply of bottles for the facility.
In planning and constructing the facility, Orpet will pursue
the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious LEED green building
certification. Plans for the facility include green building
elements such as rainwater harvesting, rooftop solar panels,
building materials containing recycled content and a variety
of features to conserve energy.