PureCycle Technologies announced July 29 it will build its first U.S. cluster facility to produce ultra-pure recycled polypropylene (rPP) using a processing method Procter & Gamble developed. The 200-acre location in Augusta, Ga., will create more than 80 manufacturing jobs, the company said.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Augusta Economic Development Authority to establish our next PP purification facility,” PureCycle CEO Mike Otworth says. “Demand for high-quality recycled PP is continuing to outpace supply as brands seek sustainable materials for their products. Our Augusta operation will be pivotal in our quest to help solve for the plastics waste crisis.”

An initial $440 million investment will primarily fund three processing lines during Phase One of the project. PureCycle chose the Augusta Corporate Park based on feed and product delivery supply-chain efficiencies, community support, a skilled labor market, and Georgia’s business-friendly environment.

“We are thrilled that a solutions-oriented company like PureCycle will be joining the recycling ecosystem we’re cultivating in Georgia,” says Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The Augusta plant will enhance PureCycle’s ability to deliver product at scale with a robust process designed to produce 130 million pounds per year, per processing line, with expansion capacity to construct up to five processing lines at the facility. The company plans to reach 1 billion pounds of production across its network by 2025, where it will produce virgin-like rPP from PP.

Construction on the company’s flagship Ironton, Ohio, recycling facility is well underway and has already presold more than 20 years of output.

Image courtesy of PureCycle Technologies.  Caption: PureCycle and local leaders announce the company’s first U.S. cluster facility to produce ultra-pure rPP.