LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Revolution Plastics LLC has been awarded a $3 million grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through CalRecycle’s Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program.
The $3 million grant, using proceeds from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for fiscal year 2016-17, was one of three awarded in November from among 13 eligible applications. The awards are based on contributions to the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets and are a part of California’s effort to reach its statewide goal of 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction by 2020 with help from its Waste Diversion and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Financial Assistance Programs.
“The Revolution Plastics team focused on California because of the state’s alignment with our core values and mission statement regarding closed-loop operations, landfill diversion and preserving our environment for future generations,” said Sean Whiteley, CEO of Delta Plastics. “Applying for and being awarded this grant is a testament to this alignment, and we are grateful to CalRecycle for the faith they have demonstrated in us.”
Revolution Plastics provides free pickup of agricultural plastics – most low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film or irrigation tubing – to more than 400 dairies, growers, almond hullers and other agriculture-related processors in California and is the largest agricultural plastic collection operation in the state.
Currently, Revolution Plastics’ collected plastic is shipped from its consolidation yards in Central California to Delta Plastics’ facility in Arkansas, where it is washed and converted to resin and used in manufacturing processes to produce can liners, irrigation tubing, agricultural cover films, plastic lumber and other construction and agricultural films. Since its inception 18 months ago, Revolution Plastics is responsible for the collection of over 30 million pounds of used plastic in California.
The grant will help Revolution Plastics establish a recycling and manufacturing plant in Central California. The plant is expected to begin production in 2018 and to employ more than 100 California workers in disadvantaged communities within the next three years. This is in addition to the recycling benefits, which include an annual reduction of 39,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents and an annual 20,000 net tons of newly diverted material from landfills.
“Revolution Plastics has quickly become the preferred ag plastic pickup option in California. The team looks forward to using the proceeds from the grant to utilize these collected plastics in the sustainable production of finished goods to support California growers, construction